PORT PHILLIP BAY


Bivalve Mollusc 

Anapella cycladea (Lamarck, 1818)

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Scientific Details

Shells of this family are small to medium in size, thick and heavy for their size, compressed, elongate, wedge shaped, posterior truncated. Hinge strong, left valve with inverted V-shaped cardinal, right valve with two cardinals, internal ligament sits in spoon shaped structure,

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Mollusca
Subphylum:
Conchifera
Class:
Bivalvia
Subclass:
Heterodonta
Order:
Veneroida
Superfamily:
Mactroidea
Family:
Mesodesmatidae
Subfamily:
Davilinae
Genus:
Anapella
Species:
cycladea

General Description

The shells of this species are solid, somewhat inflated, exterior dirty white, interior white, internal ligament narrow, hinge teeth not grooved. Shell up to 3 cm across.

Biology

This species can occur in great numbers in suitable habitats, such as estuaries and mud flats. It is often found in areas with other bivalves. Some of its predators include snails living in the sand. Related species from New Zealand are larger and commercially harvested.

Habitat

In sand and mud areas.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Sea snails and shells Bivalves

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

3 cm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Boyd, S.

Sue Boyd is an Honorary Associate in marine invertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Boyd, S., 2011, Bivalve Mollusc, Anapella cycladea, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5595

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