Solen kempi   Preston,  1915 (Clam)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia
Order:[unassigned] Euheterodonta

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Size: Length 31.10-63.38 mm; height 6.95-9.92 mm; thickness 4.50-5.80 mm

Shell linear, narrow, posterior part narrower than anterior; posterodorsal margin angular. The shell is small, periostracum yellowish brown and glossy; anterior region obliquely truncate, posterior region rounded. Cardinal tooth in right valve with a shallow groove throughout its breadth; dorsal margin of soft body slightly concave in the anterior region and convex in the posterior region; siphon long and segmented; foot long, flattened and about half the length of body.

Synonym (s)
Solen kempi Annandale and Kemp, 1916
Solen kempi Ghosh, 1920
Solen kempi Gravely, 1941

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Edible; the meat is used as bait in hook and line fishery)

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Orissa, Satpara INDIA (Record: 1913)
• Orissa, Chandipur INDIA (Record: 03/11/1962-04/11/1962)
• Orissa, Kasafal INDIA (Record: 23/01/1972)
• West Bengal, Sagar Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Ennur Lake INDIA
• Orissa, Patsahanipur INDIA (Record: 1913)
• Tamil Nadu, Ennore INDIA
• Maharashtra Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at -
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