Ennucula tenuis (Montagu, 1808),

Phylum:Mollusca Linnaeus, 1758
Class:Bivalvia Linnaeus, 1758
Order:Nuculida Dall, 1889
Family:Nuculidae Gray, 1824
Genus:Ennucula Iredale, 1931
Synonyms:Leionucula bellotii (A. Adams, 1856); Nucula tenuis (Montagu, 1808); Nuculoma tenuis (Montagu, 1808)

To size: To 13mm.

Shell Structure: Thin but not fragile. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, the beaks lie approximately 20\% of dorsal margin length from posterior. Tumidity: (T:L=1:4 [4.5:18.1]) Moderately inflated. Outline: Ovate triangular: height of shell approximately 75\% of length; antero-dorsal margin very long, gently curved and sloping; postero-dorsal margin slightly curved, steeply sloping with angled junction at posterior margin; anterior and ventral margins moderately rounded; escutcheon elongate heart-shaped, projecting, generally with poorly defined edges; lunule long, lanceolate with poorly defined edges, noticeably raised. Umbo slightly swollen.

Sculpture: Primary sculpture of numerous very fine, closely-spaced, concentric lines and some growth stops. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Internal, opisthodetic, elongate triangular ligament seated in a well-developed resilifer. A thin, barely visible, external ligament lies anterior to the beaks. Hinge: Taxodont: Broad and continuous hinge plate with a well-developed resilifer. Teeth long and pointed, usually 8-10 posterior and 16-18 anterior. The teeth extend across the top of the resilifer. Pallial Musculature: Pallial line continuous with no pallial sinus. Adductor muscle scars oval, more or less equal in size and indistinct. Periostracum: Glossy, grey green, green to dark olive, often darker around the outer margin, sometimes iridescent. Colour: Yellow-green.

Mud and substrates such as sand and gravel which have a muddy element. 

Depth: 10 - 200 m.


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Author: Manushin Igor E. / 28.09.2015
Last edit: Manushin Igor E. / 14.07.2017

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