Nuculana mauritiana   (G.B. Sowerby I,  1833) (Clam)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order:Nuculoida
Family:Nuculanidae

Description
Size: 8 mm in length and 4 mm in maximum height.

Color: Shell whitish and bears a slight gloss over the surface.

Shell small; valves transversely elongated with the front border rounded and posterior margin produced into pointed and slightly upwardly curved beak behind; surface traversed by fine, close- set, concentric grooves. Umbo bluntly angular and the area behind the umbo is strongly depressed, and this area in the two valves together forms a well defined elongately ovate, flattened space; hinge bears numerous small, simple, parallel and undifferentiated teeth which are oblique and diverge away from the umbo; teeth reduced and entirely absent from the region beneath the umbo; pallial line is entire and angular behind.


Synonym (s)
Leda cuspidata Gould, 1861
Nucula analis Philippi, 1851
Nucula mauritiana G.B. Sowerby I, 1833

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology

Biogeography


• Kerala, Kochi Backwaters INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban (Lat: 9.29) (Long: 79.21) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, GC (1990) Present status of the sea cow, Dugong dugon Journal of Andaman Science Association 6 185-189
  • Ambika, MD and Pillai, NG (1990) Effect of pollution due to coconut hush retting on the species diversity of benthic communities of Cochin backwaters Indian Journal of Fisheries CMFRI 37(2) 145-149 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/289/1/Article_10.pdf
  • Satyamurti, ST (1956) The Mollusca of Krusadai island in the Gulf of Mannar II.- Scaphopoda, Pelecypoda and Cephalopoda Bulletin of the Madras Government 1(2) 202 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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