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Donax vittatus (da Costa, 1778)

139604  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:139604)

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Species
marine
da Costa E. M. (1778). Historia Naturalis Testaceorum Britanniae, or, The British Conchology. London: Millan, White, Elmsley & Robson. xii + 254 + viii pp. 17 pls., available online at http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=ucm.5329027802 [details]   
Description Slim, somewhat triangular and elongated shell with the top directed to the back. Up to 40 mm long
and 16 mm high. The back...  
Description Slim, somewhat triangular and elongated shell with the top directed to the back. Up to 40 mm long
and 16 mm high. The back is somewhat acuminate and truncate, the front is more rounded. The
sculpture consists of fine grooves radiating from the top that are crossed by growth lines. The lower
edge is very convex and coarsely serrated at the inside, hence the Dutch name “zaagje” (literally: little saw). Living specimens are coloured yellow or light purple. The inside of the shell is often yellow ochre or purple. They live directly under the sea floor. In case of disturbance they are able to burrow exceptionally fast. [details]

Distribution The distribution area of Donax vittatus is limited to the coastal area of the Belgian part of the North Sea. During both...  
Distribution The distribution area of Donax vittatus is limited to the coastal area of the Belgian part of the North Sea. During both periods the species seems to prefer the western coastal zone. The detailed distribution of Donax vittatus reveals itself best in the 1994-2001 period, when numerous samples were collected in the coastal zone. During this period the species was commonly present from De Panne to Wenduine whereas it was almost absent further to the east. In general, the density remained rather low: up to 40 ind./m2 in the 1976-1986 period and up to 300 ind./m2 in the 1994-2001 period. [details]
MolluscaBase (2018). Donax vittatus (da Costa, 1778). Accessed through: Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf (Macrobel) at: http://www.vliz.be/vmdcdata/macrobel/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=139604 on 2018-02-21
Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf (Macrobel). Donax vittatus (da Costa, 1778). Accessed at: http://www.vliz.be/vmdcdata/macrobel/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=139604 on 2018-02-21
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original description da Costa E. M. (1778). Historia Naturalis Testaceorum Britanniae, or, The British Conchology. London: Millan, White, Elmsley & Robson. xii + 254 + viii pp. 17 pls., available online at http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=ucm.5329027802 [details]   

basis of record Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca. in: Costello, M.J. et al. (eds), European Register of Marine Species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Patrimoines Naturels. 50: 180-213. (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Muller, Y. (2004). Faune et flore du littoral du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Belgique: inventaire. [Coastal fauna and flora of the Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Belgium: inventory]. Commission Régionale de Biologie Région Nord Pas-de-Calais: France. 307 pp., available online at http://www.vliz.be/imisdocs/publications/145561.pdf [details]   

additional source Dyntaxa. (2013). Swedish Taxonomic Database. Accessed at www.dyntaxa.se [15-01-2013]., available online at http://www.dyntaxa.se [details]   

additional source Backeljau, T. (1986). Lijst van de recente mariene mollusken van België [List of the recent marine molluscs of Belgium]. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussels, Belgium. 106 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   

context source (Schelde) Maris, T.; Beauchard, O.; Van Damme, S.; Van den Bergh, E.; Wijnhoven, S.; Meire, P. (2013). Referentiematrices en Ecotoopoppervlaktes Annex bij de Evaluatiemethodiek Schelde-estuarium Studie naar “Ecotoopoppervlaktes en intactness index”. Monitor Taskforce Publication Series, 2013-01. NIOZ: Yerseke. 35 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   
From other sources
Description Slim, somewhat triangular and elongated shell with the top directed to the back. Up to 40 mm long
and 16 mm high. The back is somewhat acuminate and truncate, the front is more rounded. The
sculpture consists of fine grooves radiating from the top that are crossed by growth lines. The lower
edge is very convex and coarsely serrated at the inside, hence the Dutch name “zaagje” (literally: little saw). Living specimens are coloured yellow or light purple. The inside of the shell is often yellow ochre or purple. They live directly under the sea floor. In case of disturbance they are able to burrow exceptionally fast. [details]

Distribution The distribution area of Donax vittatus is limited to the coastal area of the Belgian part of the North Sea. During both periods the species seems to prefer the western coastal zone. The detailed distribution of Donax vittatus reveals itself best in the 1994-2001 period, when numerous samples were collected in the coastal zone. During this period the species was commonly present from De Panne to Wenduine whereas it was almost absent further to the east. In general, the density remained rather low: up to 40 ind./m2 in the 1976-1986 period and up to 300 ind./m2 in the 1994-2001 period. [details]

Habitat Donax vittatus tends to prefer fine-grained sediments (median grain size 50-250 μm). However, the chance of finding this species in these sediments is not higher than 20%. The species is absent in sediments with a median grain size exceeding 400 μm. Donax vittatus is found in sediments with a mud content ranging from 0 to 80% without a clear preference for a certain mud content. [details]
 

LanguageName 
Dutch zaagje  [details]
English banded wedge-shell  [details]
French olive de merflion  [details]
German gebänderte Sägemuschelgebänderte Dreiecksmuschel  [details]