PORT PHILLIP BAY


Subdilecta Nut Shell 

Ennucula obliqua (Lamarck, 1819)

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

These small, stout, ovate to trigonal , often quite solid shells are characterised by a taxodont hinge, internal ligament, and nacreous interior.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Mollusca
Subphylum:
Conchifera
Class:
Bivalvia
Subclass:
Protobranchia
Order:
Nuculoida
Superfamily:
Nuculoidea
Family:
Nuculidae
Genus:
Ennucula
Species:
obliqua

General Description

These small solid shells are quite inflated, with a shiny, thick, olive or brown outer coating (periostracum). Interior with mother of pearl (nacreous). Hinge line with prominent "teeth" (taxodont). Shell up to 15 mm across.

Distribution guide

South-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Sea snails and shells Bivalves

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

15 mm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

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, Subdilecta Nut Shell, Ennucula obliqua, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5608

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