Nuculana mauritiana   (G.B. Sowerby I,  1833) (Clam)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia

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



• 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 -
  • 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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