Aequipecten nicklesi

Dijkstra, 1998





Original name   Pecten minutus Nickl¸s, 1955
Autoreference   Nickl¸s, 1955: 135, figs 17A-B.
Reference   Nickl¸s, M., 1955. Scaphopodes et lamellibranches rˇcoltˇs dans l'ouest Africain. Scientific results of the Danish Expedition to the coasts of tropical West Africa 1945-1946. Atlantide Report, No. 3: 93-237. Copenhagen.
Type data   Holotype (pr: H 14.1 mm, L 15.0 mm, D 3.5 mm) Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (ZMUC, not yet registered). Type locality: Ghana, 5*37'N, 0*38'E, 50 m, alive, 30.01.1946 ("Atlantide" stn 85).
Description   Shell up to ca. 20 mm high, left valve nealy flat, right valve weakly inflated, subcircular, somewhat wider than high, nearly equivalve and equilateral, anterior auricles slightly larger than posterior, colour creamy or reddish brown with some irregular whitish maculations and radial streaks, right valve paler.

  Both valves sculptured with regularly arranged, 20-21 radial plicae and numerous closely spaced delicate intercostal commarginal lamellae. Internal rib carinae. Byssal notch relatively deep, byssal fasciole rather broad, functional ctenolium with ca. 5 teeth.




Sierra Leone, Ghana (TL) southwards to Angola

Habitat   Living (sub)littorally amongst rubble on sandy or muddy sand bottoms.

  Aequipecten nicklesi nom.nov. for Pecten minutus Nickl¸s, 1955 (not Pecten minutus Bosc, 1802). See Dijkstra (1998: 247).