Sunetta (Sunetta) scripta   (Linnaeus)  (Clam)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia

Size: Length 8.50-32.50 mm; height 6.23-24.51 mm

Color: Pale yellowish or fleshy white

The shell is smooth and glossy, moderately elongated, evenly rounded in front and obliquely truncated behind, the junction of the posterior and the ventral margins being rather angular. The hinge teeth are thin and narrow and the tooth in front of the cardinals in the left valve and the hollow in the right are considerably elongated. The lunule is long, narrow and deeply excavated. The area behind the umbo is also deeply sunk. The sites of the adductor impressions are marked by slight depressions on the inner surface and the pallial line is deeply sinuate. The inner surface is smooth and uniformly whitish and its margin is finely crenulated all round. The outer surface is also entirely smooth and polish, but bears a bright color pattern which is subject to variation. It is generally pale yellowish or fleshy white, marked all over with purplish arrow-head shaped markings which may either be very numerous and close set or few or far apart.

Synonym (s)
Donax scripta Linnaeus 1758
Meroe chilkaensis Preston 1914
Meroe satparaensis Preston 1914
Sunetta scripta Fischer Piette 1976

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Barkuda INDIA (Record: 1913, 1991)
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Orissa, Satpara INDIA (Record: 1913, 1985, 1991)
• Orissa, Arakuda INDIA (Record: 1954, 1955, 1985, 1991)
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1985, 1986, 1987)
• Orissa, Tonda INDIA (Record: 30/12/1954, 01/01/1955)
• Orissa, Chandipur INDIA (Record: 04/11/1962-06/11/1962)
• Orissa, Paradwip Port INDIA (Record: 31/01/1972)
• Orissa, Konark INDIA (Record: 19/11/1962-20/11/1962, 11/02/1972, 20/11/1972, 17/03/1973)
• Orissa, Puri INDIA (Record: 08/06/1938, 19/02/1948-20/02/1948, 17/11/1962)
• Orissa, Manikpatna INDIA (Record: 30/12/1954)
• Orissa, Gopalpur INDIA (Record: 25/01/1941, 28/12/1962, 15/02/1972-18/02/1972, 28/03/1973-30/03/1973)
• Orissa, Chhatrapur INDIA (Record: 24/11/1962)
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Kerala INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Karnataka, Surathkal INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Karnataka, St. Mary Island INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Karnataka, Mangalore INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Goa INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA (Record: 1991)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1991)

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Shanmugam, A; Rajagopal, S and Nazeer, RA Common bivalves of Parangipettai coast 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 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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