Bivalvia | Veneroida | Mesodesmatidae
Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS
SAUP Database. 2006. (Ref. 356)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. )
Benthic; depth range 0 - 50 m
Climate / Range
Tropical, preferred 15°C (Ref. 107945)
Southern Pacific: From Sechura, Peru to ChiloÃ©, Chile. Tropical and subtropical.
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions
Lives in the swash zone of exposed high-energy intermediate and dissipative sandy beaches. Usually burrows to a depth of around 10 cm, but can reach 25 cm if disturbed. Adults are mainly restricted to the surf zone while most of the juveniles to the swash zone (Ref. 106909). Intertidal to subtidal (Ref. 113820). Members of the class Bivalvia are mostly gonochoric, some are protandric hermaphrodites. Life cycle: Embryos develop into free-swimming trocophore larvae, succeeded by the bivalve veliger, resembling a miniature clam (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)