Acanthocardia echinata (Linneaus, 1758)
European prickly cockle
Acanthocardia echinata
photo by Coudre, Christian

Family:  Cardiidae (cockles)
Max. size: 
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 619 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea: from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, south to Morocco, Madeira Island and Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean.
Biology:  Inhabits fine sand (Ref. 106083). This is a sessile-burrower suspension feeder (Ref. 96498). Feeds on phytoplankton and suspended organic material (Ref. 106986). 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: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans: 
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Entered by: Bailly, Nicolas - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 10.12.15

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