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Scientific name: Atrina squamifera
Common name: Horse mussel
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Mollusca Not Defined Bivalvia Metabranchia Pteriomorpha Not Defined Pinnidae Not Defined Atrina Atrina squamifera

 

Short Description:

This animal has a large fragile shell and has 6-12 ribs running longitudinally down its shell. Each rib bears translucent cup-like projections. The shell does not close at the posterior end and the dark-rimmed white flesh can be seen insideThe shell is often heavily overgrown with other invertebrates. The mantle cavity often contains small pea crabs and shrimps which eat food filtered from the gills

Identification
features:
 
Size: Can grow up to 390 mm in total length
Behaviour: It usually lies buried vertically in mud or sand although it can also be seen on the wooden decks of trawler wrecks 
Diet: The horse mussel is a filter feeder. 
Distribution: This species is found from Saldanha Bay to Port Alfred.It is endemic to South Africa.
Depth: Subtidally to at least 35 m
Habitat: Muddy and sandy areas 
Reference:
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/ 
Similar Species:
  •  None on database

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-02-02 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 17 200mm 7m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-06-11 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 50mm 16 Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-06-11 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 50mm 16 Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-03-24 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Fort Raggie 16 100mm 14m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-04-27 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 17 100mm 16m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-04-27 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 17 100mm 16m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
 
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