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Solenidae 2 species (6 shells in total)

Phylum      : Mollusca
 Class       : Bivalvia 
  Subclass    : Heterodonta 
   Infraclass  : Euheterodonta 
    Superorder  : Imparidentia 
     Order       : Adapedonta 
      Superfamily : Solenoidea 
       Family      : Solenidae 

Common name : pencil, baitgrooved razor shell

Aspect : rectangular bivalve (5 to 30 cm) with rounded and gaping ends. Hooks close to the anterior end. External ligament. Elongated anterior adductor muscle, larger than the posterior. Fairly short siphons forming a palleal sinus. Powerful foot, dilated at the end.

Feeding : filtration of microorganisms in suspension

Environment : buried deep in the bottom of pure or little silted fine sand, interdidal zone, world distribution

Ensis ensis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Ensis ensis

Solen capensis P. Fischer, 1881

Solen capensis
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