Bivalvia | Arcoida
Poutiers, J.M. 1998. (Ref. 348)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 5.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 348); common length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 348)
Benthic; depth range 0 - 25 m (Ref. 348)
Climate / Range
Indo-West Pacific. Climate: tropical to subtropical.
Shell solid, laterally compressed and subrectangular in shape, very inequilateral, much longer than high and wider posteriorly; slightly inequivalve, left valve somewhat overlapping the right valve on posteroventral margin. Umbones small and situated anteriorly, cardinal area long and narrow. About 28 radial ribs (25 to 33) at each valve; ribs low and flat, wider than the interstices, slightly granulated on the anterior part of left valve. Periostracum coarse, concentrically striated. Internal margins with crenulations corresponding with the external radial ribs. No byssal gape. Colour: outside of shell whitish under the blackish brown periostracum. Inner side white, often tinged pale grey at periphery.
This species is considered to have a wide range, but the relationship between the Indian Ocean and West Pacific forms is insufficiently known (Ref. 348). On sand and mud bottoms. Littoral and sublittoral to a depth of 25 m (Ref. 348). Members of the class Bivalvia are mostly gonochoric, some are protandric hermaphrodites. Life cycle: Embryos develop into free-swimming trocophore larvae, succeeded by the bivalve veliger, resembling a miniature clam (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)