Gafrarium divaricata [Status Unaccepted]   (Gmelin,  1791) (Clam)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order:Veneroida
Family:Veneridae

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Description
Color: Outer surface is pale yeallowish or whitish, ornamented with reddish brown angular marking with thier apices turned towards the umbo.

Shell consists of concentric and divaricating radial ridges; these divarcating ridges are developed uniformly both anterior and posterior to the line of divarication; there are also few especially well-marked concentric growth lines. The decussating of the radial and concentric ridges gives the sculpture a closely reticulated appearance, especially at the anterior half of the shell. Brownish radial lines extending inwards to a little distance from the margin often supplement this pattern; inner surface is smooth and white, with slight pallial sinus and faintly crenulated rim. Margin of the shell is thick, and in the adult often consists of several superimposed growth layers.


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated

Biogeography


• Maharashtra, Konkan Coast (Lat: 18.08) (Long: 73.42) INDIA
• Karnataka, Netrani Island (Lat: 14.01) (Long: 74.33) INDIA (Record: 08/05/2006) (Depth: -12 mts)
• Gujarat, Saurashtra INDIA
• Maharashtra, Malvan (Lat: 16.07) (Long: 73.47) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • Zacharia, PU; Krishnakumar, PK; Dineshbabu, AP; Vijayakumaran, K; Rohit, P; Thomas, S; Sasikumar, G; Kaladharan, P; Durgekar, RN and Mohamed, KS (2008) Species assemblage in the coral reef ecosystem of Netrani Island off Karnataka along the southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 50(1) 87-97 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • www.seashellhub.com Available at - http://www.seashellhub.com/
  • Dholakia, AD (2004) Marine resources Fisheries and aquatic resources of India Daya publishing house 271-303 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Tike, MJ; Samant, JS; Mohite, SA (2009) Diversity status of minor fish and shellfish along Malvan coast, Maharshtra Indian Journal of Applied and Pure Biology Indian Journal of Applied and Pure Biology, India 24(2) 441-448 Available at - http://nicmas.nio.org/eprints11/Indian_J_Appl_Pure_Biol_24_441.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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