Sanguinolaria (Soletellina) acuminata   (Deshayes)  (Clam)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia

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Size: Length 57-73.4 mm; width 25.8-32 mm; height 10.8-14.9 mm

Color: Bluish purple, covered with a blackish olive epidermis.

Shell elongately transverse, inequilateral. Umbo anterior and eroded. Anterior end rounded, posterior acuminate with obtuse angle. Muscle scars well developed. Anterior elongate and posterior almost oval. Pallial sinus equal on both the valves extending upto ¾ length of the shell.

Their presence can be noticed by the characteristic circular holes through which water is ejected by their siphons on being disturbed.

Synonym (s)
Soletellina acuminata Nurital in Reeve's 1857
Sanguinolaria (Soletellina) acuminata Subba Rao 1977
Soletellina acuminata Deshayes 1857

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• West Bengal, Medinipur INDIA (Record: 1992)
• West Bengal, North and South 24 Parganas INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Kerala INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Maharashtra INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Orissa INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Tamil Nadu INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1985)
• West Bengal, Ganga Sagar INDIA (Record: 27/05/1981)
• West Bengal, Digha INDIA (Record: 27/03/1983, 1991)
• West Bengal, Gosaba INDIA (Record: 14/09/1983)
• West Bengal, Old Digha INDIA (Record: 07/2000-06/2001)
• West Bengal, Sankarpur INDIA (Record: 07/2000-06/2001)
• Orissa, Chandipur INDIA (Record: 04/11/1962-05/11/1962)
• Orissa, Puri INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Orissa, Chhatrapur INDIA (Record: 24/11/1964)
• West Bengal, Sagar Island INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Kerala, Ashtamudi INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Karachi PAKISTAN (Record: 1991)
• West Bengal, Saimari INDIA (Record: 05/11/1988)

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV; Dey, A and Barua, S (1992) Estuarine and marine molluscs Fauna of West Bengal Part 9 (State fauna series 3) ZSI, Calcutta 129-268 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Manna, RN (1995) Mollusca Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilka lake ZSI, Calcutta 391-468 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Khalua, RK; Chakravarty, G and Chakraborty, SK (2003) Annotated list of molluscs from the coastal tract of Midnapore District, West Bengal, India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 45(2) 245-249 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Maitra, S (1991) Marine molluscs State fauna series 1: Fauna of Orissa Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta Part 3 1-175 Available at - NIO, Goa

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