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I would have gone for Mactra corallina, but I am a bit rusty on marine bivalves. It is far too big and symmetrical for T. tenuis, and I think too shiny and rayed for Spisula.
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I'll check out Mactra corallina, as you can see I am trying to match it to images online without really knowing what it is at all.
I see it here under the names Mactra stultorum and Mactra corallina. It looks very like it for sure. Youre maybe not so rusty after all.
I cant seem to access the MarLIN gallery just now so I'll let the hare sit for now as regards adding a 3rd ID.
I agree, the rays, even though they're faint, make it Mactra, for certain N.B. (it & spisula about the same shape. I saw your Tellina tenuis in Marlin gallery & couldn't believe it; wasn't a bit like most T.tenuis
For a second there I thought I had supplied MarLIN with an image of T. tenuis without knowing it and that they had IDed it and put in the gallery.
I've found that rogue tenuis, http://www.marlin.ac.uk/galleryimage.php?imageid=1933 which is nothing like T.tenuis
Thats the exact image which made me think my mollusc above was a T. tenuis Chris. Is the ID correct on MarLIN? Thanks for putting that link in, it looks so like mine I thought it was probably that species.
Cheers for putting up the ID and links Nick, I had my fair share of Id attempts on this one already. The consensus seems to point towards Mactra corallina/stultorum.
Chris helped me with my pic; happy to pass on what I learnt!
Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.
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