Thick solid shell up to about 4.5cm in length. The outside is dirty white in colour and the inside white. The pallial sinus is deep reaching as far as the chondroophore. The surface is sculptured with concentric grooves but it still appears smooth.
- 'V' shaped projection reaches no more than half way down the hinge plate
- Lateral teeth serrated
- Spisula elliptica has a 'V' shaped projection that extends no more than half way down the hinge plate
Burrows in sandy bottoms, sometimes in large numbers. Feeds by filtering phytoplankton.
Distributed from Norway to the Iberian Peninsula