Tellina (Pharaonella) irridescens   (Benson)  (Clam)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia

Size: Lenght 6.85-11.4 mm; width 4-7.21 mm; height 2.20-37.45 mm

Color: White or pink

Shell small, oval, equivalve and glossy in appearance; umbo pointed, elevated; cardinal complex with subequal bilobed anterior tooth and a thin laminate posterior tooth in the left valve and a deltoid, globular anterior tooth and a smaller posterior tooth in the right valve; laterals present and formed by thickening on the hinge line on the left valve and two in the right valve. Pallial sinus equal in both valves; sinus rises abruptly posteriorly and descending anteriorly, close to anterior adductor scar, touches and form arcuatio, confluent with the pallial line.

Synonym (s)
Tellina chilkaensis Preston 1913
Sanguinolaria irridescens Benson 1842

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• West Bengal, Kakdwip, Ghiapata INDIA (Record: 25/01/1980, 17/04/1980)
• West Bengal, Kakdwip, Mainapara INDIA (Record: 18/04/1984)
• West Bengal, Port Canning INDIA (Record: 17/05/1985)
• West Bengal, Namkhana INDIA (Record: 16/12/1987)
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Gujarat INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Orissa INDIA (Record: 1992)
• SEYCHELLES (Record: 1992)

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 -

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