Specimen collected by Steve Wilkinson from Rhossili Strand, Gower, Wales. Length = 170mm.
<em>Ensis siliqua</em> (Linnaeus, 1758)
Recorded from the Norwegian Sea and Baltic, south 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.
Elngate shell up to about 21cm in length. Both dosal and ventral edges of the shell are straight. White or creamy white in colour with red-brown streaks streaks. Periostracum dark green to yellow-green. Shell sculptured with smooth horizontal and vertical lines with clear growth lines.