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Macrobel taxon details

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAbra alba (W. Wood, 1802)

141433  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:141433)

accepted
Species
marine
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription Small (up to 25mm long), thin and fragile...  
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription Small (up to 25mm long), thin and fragile shell. Oval shape, rather flat with thin concentric growth
lines. The shells are shiny white and somehow transparent. Abra alba lives rather deep in the bottom and feeds on sediment by means of long, individually separated stretchable siphons. [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution During both periods Abra alba is a common...  
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution During both periods Abra alba is a common species in the near-coastal zone. The species is only rarely found further than 30 km off the coast. Abra alba locally reaches very high densities: up to about 14,000 ind./m2 in the 1976-1986 period and appr. 5,000 ind./m2 in the 1994-2001 period. The highest densities are observed near the western coastal zone in both periods. [details]
Huber, M.; Gofas, S. (2010). Abra alba (W. Wood, 1802). In: MolluscaBase (2017). Accessed through: Taxa used on the Macrobel website at http://www.vliz.be/vmdcdata/macrobel/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=141433 on 2017-12-17

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2004-12-21 15:54:05Z
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2010-09-23 10:34:21Z
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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 Huber, M. (2010). Compendium of bivalves. A full-color guide to 3,300 of the world’s marine bivalves. A status on Bivalvia after 250 years of research. Hackenheim: ConchBooks. 901 pp., 1 CD-ROM. (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Zamouri-Langar, N.; Chouba, L.; Ajjabi Chebil, L.; Mrabet, R.; El Abed, A. (2011). Les coquillages bivalves des côtes tunisiennes. Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer: Salammbô. ISBN 978-9938-9512-0-2. 128 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
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription Small (up to 25mm long), thin and fragile shell. Oval shape, rather flat with thin concentric growth
lines. The shells are shiny white and somehow transparent. Abra alba lives rather deep in the bottom and feeds on sediment by means of long, individually separated stretchable siphons. [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution During both periods Abra alba is a common species in the near-coastal zone. The species is only rarely found further than 30 km off the coast. Abra alba locally reaches very high densities: up to about 14,000 ind./m2 in the 1976-1986 period and appr. 5,000 ind./m2 in the 1994-2001 period. The highest densities are observed near the western coastal zone in both periods. [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat Abra alba can be found in all sediment types. However, the species does tend to prefer (> 50% of the samples) fine-grained sediments with a median grain size between 50 and 250 μm and a mud content of 10-50%. In coarse sediments (median grain size > 300 μm) with a low mud content (< 10%) the A. alba is rather rare. [details]
 

Feeding Type
deposit feeder [details]
Host of
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLeptinogaster histrio (Pelseneer, 1929) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
LanguageName 
Dutch Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorwitte dunschaal  [details]
English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorwhite furrow shell  [details]
German Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorweiße PfeffermuschelUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorkleine Pfeffermuschel  [details]