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Unidentified shell

Observed: 11th February 2013 By: Peter PearsonPeter Pearson’s reputation in InvertebratesPeter Pearson’s reputation in InvertebratesPeter Pearson’s reputation in InvertebratesPeter Pearson’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Found washed up on the shore at Harwich.Dimension 38mm x 30mm x 20mm. Help with ID would be appreciated. It appears that its position on the shore is within reach of oystercatchers given the damage on the lip

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Peter Pearson's picture

Thanks Thistle

Thanks for the help Thistle. Having lived on the coast and feasted on many cockles collected at Walton-on-the-Naze I can say with some certainty this is definitely not cockle. This is not one that I have found on the cockle beds either and is new to me. Harwich harbour is just a few miles up the coast from the cockle beds too

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Names and links

There are some serious issues with the naming of the Pullet Carpet Shell.
iSpot's preferred name is Venerupis senegalensis but it also accepts Venerupis saxatilis or Venerupis pullastra.
None of these seem acceptable to the world authority of WoRMS**, which clearly only sees Venerupis corrugata as being correct. Not for the first time I have discovered that the 'correct' name is not in the UKSI, nor CoL, nor even the SANBI dictionary.
Dave Fenwick knows a bit about Marines, he keeps his options wide with Venerupis corrugata var. saxatilis syn. V. s. var. saxatilis.
see http://www.aphotomarine.com/bivalve_venerupis_senegalensis_var_saxatilis...
The National Museum of Wales, to where should all go for some confirmation, uses the old name Tapes corrugata.
http://naturalhistory.museumwales.ac.uk/britishbivalves/browserecord.php...
There are 17 other synonyms to choose from, so what will it be next year?

So now see this http://www.ispotnature.org/node/632356

WoRMS**
http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=138998