Thin tellin (Macomangulus tenuis)
|Researched by||Michelle Carter||Refereed by||Admin|
|Authority||(da Costa, 1778)|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Angulus tenuis (da Costa, 1778)|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandCommon around Britain and Ireland.
Global distributionFound off the Norwegian coasts to the Mediterranean and north-west coast of Africa.
HabitatThis species is found in fine sand from the middle of the shore to the shallow sublittoral. It buries to about 5-12 cm in the sand.
- The shell is thin and brittle.
- Grows to about 2-3 cm in length.
- Very attractive shades of pink and yellow.
- Shiny in appearance.
- Has a flattened profile.
- The right valve has two cardinal teeth, and a single anterior and posterior lateral.
- The left valve has two cardinal teeth and a single small posterior lateral.
- The pallial sinus is broadly oval with the lower edge fused with the pallial line.
Additional informationThis bivalve lies on the left valve buried in the first few centimeters of fine sand and is a suspension feeder. It has a long siphon that extends above the sand when feeding and young flatfishes often feed on the tips of the siphon. However, the bivalve is not killed and the siphon can grow back again.
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Last Updated: 17/10/2005