Specimen collected by Jan Light from Rhossili, Gower, S. Wales. Length = 30mm.
<em>Chamelea gallina</em> (Linnaeus, 1758)
Very common. Recorded from the North of Norway to Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
The maps provided here show the distributional data, as currently stored, for C. gallina and C. striatula (based on Conchological Society data).
Shallow burrower in clean or muddy sand where it feeds by filtering phytoplankton.
Shell solid, somewhat triangular, up to about 4cm long. Dirty white, cream or pale yellow usually with three red-brown rays. Sculpture of numerous concentric ridges. Periostracum extremely slight and thin. Inside sometimes shows purple stain around the lunule. Inner margin of shell crenulate.