Anomalocardia brasiliana   (Gmelin, 1791)

West Indian pointed venus

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Bivalvia | Venerida | Veneridae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; brackish; depth range 0 - 5 m (Ref. 83435).  Tropical; 21°N - 35°S, 89°W - 34°W

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Atlantic: Caribbean Sea to Brazil, subtropical south America; 16°N to 33°S.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 1 - ? cm Max length : 3.4 cm DL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83435); max. reported age: 3.00 years (Ref. 104267)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in the intertidal zone to a depth of 1.5 m (Ref. 104267). Lives slightly buried in muddy sands of shallow water environments, particularly in mangrove lagoons (Ref. 81903). Adults prefer to settle in areas with fine or coarse sand where conditions are harsher during low tide (Ref. 104267). Strictly a filter-feeder (Ref. 104242). Suspension feeder (Ref. 105167). In general, suspension feeding bivalves mainly depend on phytoplankton and detritus material for nutrition (Ref. 107088). Sensitive to salinity variations but resistant to hypoxic conditions (Ref. 104267). Associated with a crab (Refs. 104147, 105309), bivalve and polychaetes (Ref.105309).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Barreira, C.A.R. and M.L.R. Araújo. 2005. (Ref. 81737)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 22.6 - 28.4, mean 27.5 (based on 264 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766)