MACROBEL
Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf
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Macrobel name details

Macoma balthica (Linnaeus, 1758)

141579  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:141579)

 unaccepted
Species
marine
Not documented
Description A rather thick, broadly oval shell up to 30 mm long. The top of the shell is somewhere in the middle
of the shell. The...  
Description A rather thick, broadly oval shell up to 30 mm long. The top of the shell is somewhere in the middle
of the shell. The back is slightly acuminate. The shell surface is smooth with very fine concentric
growth lines. Its colour varies: white, yellow, orange to reddish. They burrow shallowly in fine, muddy sand bottoms and feed on food particles located on top of the sediment that they manage to suck up by means of their very long, individually separated stretchable siphons. [details]

Distribution Macoma balthica typically occurs in the coastal zone of the Belgian part of the North Sea. In the 1976-1986 period only low...  
Distribution Macoma balthica typically occurs in the coastal zone of the Belgian part of the North Sea. In the 1976-1986 period only low densities were observed (up to 10 ind./m2) whereas densities up to 170 ind./m2 were found in the 1994-2001 period. In this period the highest densities seemed to occur near the eastern coastal zone. [details]
MolluscaBase (2018). Macoma balthica (Linnaeus, 1758). 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=141579 on 2018-06-18
Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf (Macrobel). Macoma balthica (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed at: http://www.vliz.be/vmdcdata/macrobel/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=141579 on 2018-06-18
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2004-12-21 15:54:05Z
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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 Abbott R. T. (1974). American seashells. The marine Mollusca of the Atlantic and Pacific coast of North America. ed. 2. Van Nostrand, New York. 663 pp., 24 pls. [October 1974]. (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Bachelet G. (1980). Growth and recruitment of the tellinid bivalve Macoma balthica at the southern limit of its geographical distribution, the Gironde estuary (SW France). Marine Biology. 59(2): 105–117. [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 A rather thick, broadly oval shell up to 30 mm long. The top of the shell is somewhere in the middle
of the shell. The back is slightly acuminate. The shell surface is smooth with very fine concentric
growth lines. Its colour varies: white, yellow, orange to reddish. They burrow shallowly in fine, muddy sand bottoms and feed on food particles located on top of the sediment that they manage to suck up by means of their very long, individually separated stretchable siphons. [details]

Distribution Macoma balthica typically occurs in the coastal zone of the Belgian part of the North Sea. In the 1976-1986 period only low densities were observed (up to 10 ind./m2) whereas densities up to 170 ind./m2 were found in the 1994-2001 period. In this period the highest densities seemed to occur near the eastern coastal zone. [details]

Habitat Macoma balthica tends to prefer very fine sediments (median grain size < 200 μm) with high mud contents (> 20%). The maximum relative occurrence (80%!) is reached in sediments with a median grain size of 0-50 μm and a mud content of 50-60%. [details]

Spelling often spelled M. baltica [details]
 

LanguageName 
Dutch nonnetjegewoon nonnetje  [details]
English Baltic tellinBaltic macoma  [details]
German rote BohnePlattmuschelBaltische Tellmuschel  [details]