PORT PHILLIP BAY


Bivalve Mollusc 

Venerupis galactites (Lamarck, 1818)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Mollusca
Subphylum:
Conchifera
Class:
Bivalvia
Subclass:
Heterodonta
Order:
Veneroida
Superfamily:
Veneroidea
Family:
Veneridae
Subfamily:
Tapetinae
Genus:
Venerupis
Species:
galactites

General Description

The shells of this species are large white, elongate and rectangular with a slightly expanded posterior. Valve rounded apex (umbo) in anterior quarter of valve. Exterior sculpture with numerous fine radial lines (striae) intersecting with numerous concentric lines (striae) or ridges, the latter may be stronger and slightly scaled (lamellate) posteriorly, giving a cancellate or decussate appearance. Shell up to 5 cm across.

Biology

This species is preyed upon by sea snails (gastropod species in the family Naticidae and Muricidae), sea stars and fish.

Habitat

On gravely sand, often among seagrass.

Soft substrates

Seagrass meadows

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

5 cm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Species Code

MoV 1649

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, Venerupis galactites, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 16 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5656

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