Specimen collected by Jan Light from Camber Sands, Sussex. Length = 110mm.
<em>Ensis ensis</em> (Linnaeus, 1758)
Recorded from the Norwegian Sea and Baltic to the Iberian Peninsula and into the Mediterranean.
Burrows in fine or silty sand. Remains close to the surface while submerged in water, retreating to a depth of up to half a metre when exposed.
Slender shell up to about 10cm in length. Edges curved and parallel, tapering towards the posterior end. Creamy white in colour with red-brown streaks streaks. Periostracum dark green to yellow-green. Shell sculptured with very fine horizontal and vertical lines with clear growth lines. Foot is reddish in colour.