PECTINIDAE

Veprichlamys africana

Dijkstra & Kilburn, 2001

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Holotype (rv-below), Paratype (lv-above)

Original name  Veprichlamys africana Dijkstra & Kilburn, 2001
Autoreference   Dijkstra & Kilburn, 2001: 302, figs 40-43.
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 (rv: H 35.9 mm, L 31.5 mm) Natal Museum at Pietermaritzburg (NMSA D1452/T1728). Type locality: South Africa, Natal, off Amanzimtoti, 30*02.9'S, 31*05.8'E, 350 m, dead on muddy sand, NMDP Stn XX67, 09.vii.1985.
Description

  Shell up to ca. 40 mm high, inflated, obliquely ovate, inequivalve and inequilateral, auricles strongly unequal in size, umbonal angle ca. 90 degrees, colour creamy, interior nacreous.

  Left valve sculptured with ca. 20 regularly spaced, primary radial costae on central part of disc, increasing with numerous secondary intercalated radial riblets near ventral margin. Right valve with ca. 25 irregularly spaced, radial squamose costae on central part of disc, increasing to ca. 50 near ventral margin. Anterior auricle with 5 squamose radial riblets, 2 weak on posterior auricle. Byssal notch moderately deep, byssal fasciole rather broad. Functional ctenolium on suture (ca. 5 teeth).

Distribution

 

S Mozambique, NE South Africa (TL)

Habitat  Living bathyally on coarse sand or mud.