Dijkstra & Kilburn, 2001
|Original name||Mirapecten tuberosus Dijkstra & Kilburn, 2001|
|Autoreference||Dijkstra & Kilburn, 2001: 283, figs 16-19.|
|Reference||Dijkstra, H.H., & R.N. Kilburn, 2001. The family Pectinidae in South Africa and Mozambique (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Pectinoidea). - African Invertebrates 42: 263-321.|
|Type data||Holotype (pr: H 32.2 mm, L 36.9 mm, D 11.5 mm) Natal Museum at Pietermaritzburg (NMSA D6476/T1725). Type locality: South Africa, northern Zululand, off Dog Point, 27*06.5'S, 32*52.9'E, 70 m, dredged alive, sandstone conglomerate, NMDP, 04.vi.1987.|
Shell rather solid up to ca. 40 mm high, inflated, wider than high, triangularly circular, inequivalve and inequilateral, right valve more convex than left valve, auricles strongly unequal in shape, umbonal angle ca. 90-95 degrees, colour uniform red, reddish-orange, orange or yellow, right valve paler, interior glossy.
Left valve sculptured with five primary radial plicae, covered with 3-7 tubercular spines (in early radial stage) or vesicles (in late radial stage) and four secondary intercostal lirae. Right valve with five bipartite radial plicae, covered with 4-7 small vesicles. Anterior auricle with 4-6 radial riblets, lacking on posterior auricle. Byssal notch moderately deep, byssal fasciole rather broad. Functional ctenolium on suture (ca. 6 teeth).
Red Sea, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, South Africa (TL)
|Habitat||Living lower sublittorally amongst coral and sandstone rubble on sandy bottoms.|