<em>Lucinoma borealis</em> (Linnaeus, 1767)
Common and widely distributed from the Norwegian Sea, the Baltic to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast of Morocco.
The map provided here shows the distribution of the species based on Conchological Society data held by the National Biodiversity Network (NBN). See terms and conditions.
The following datasets are included:
- Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland: marine mollusc records
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A deep burrower into sandy mud or gravel from low intertidal zone down to 100m. Feeds on organic detritus of large, variable, particle size.
- Loripes lucinalis has a deeply set ligament, maximum size 20mm, deeper set lunule.
- Long thin anterior adductor muscle scar only connected at the anterior end to the pallial line.
- Two cardinal teeth in each valve, left anterior and right valve posterior are bifid. Both valves have single lateral teeth but these tend to become obscure with age.
Thick shell, with beaks just in front of the midline, and almost circular in outline, up to 39 mm long. The outside is a light brownish white and the inside is white. There is no pallial sinus but there is a complete pallial line. The outside is sculpted with irregularly spaced concentric grooves, but the growth lines are not obvious. The ridges are prone to erosion.