PECTINIDAE

Gloripallium spiniferum

(Sowerby I, 1835)

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Holotype

Original name   Pecten spiniferus Sowerby, 1835
Autoreference   Sowerby, 1835: 110.
Reference   Sowerby, G.B. (1st), 1835. Characters of and observations on new genera and species of Mollusca and Conchifera collected by Mr. Cuming. - Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 3: 109-112.
Type data   Holotype (pr: H 23 mm, L 22 mm) The Natural History Museum, London (BMNH 1950.11.14.69). Type locality: "Lord Hood's Island" (now Marutea, Tuamotu Archipelago, Pacific), on the reefs in coral sand.
Description

  Shell up to ca. 30 mm high, weakly inflated, nearly equiconvex, subcircular, inequivalve, nearly equilateral, auricles unequal, umbonal angle ca. 85-90 degrees, colour variable, milky white with white, orange, red or brown maculations, right valve paler and plain orange.

  Both valves sculptured with 7 rounded radial lirae covered with curled lamellae on the left valve and more closely spaced on the right. Interspaced finely ridged. Byssal notch moderately deep. Functional ctenolium on suture with ca. 6 teeth.

Distribution

 

Society Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago (TL)

Habitat  Living littorally amongst coral rubble on sand.