Distribution in scandinavian waters
Maximum length: 6,5 cm.
Appearance: The shell has a pale yellow, off-white or brown colour,
sometimes with violet or red-brown markings. The shells concentrical
growth lines that are parallel with the shell edge are more pronounced
than the striations which radiate from the umbo towards the outer edge
of the shell. Both shell halves have 3 obvious cardinal teeth. The inside
of the shell is smooth. Compare with the Golden
Depth: 0-20 m.
Environment: Lives dug
down in soft bottoms, where they prefer coarser
the climate was milder a few thousand years ago, a mussel much like
the Pullet carpet-shell lived along the Swedish coast. That mussel was
somewhat larger than the Pullet carpet-shell, but had an equivalent
radial and concentrical striations. The outside of the shell has a gentle
The Pullet carpet-shell is a member of the
bivalve group under the molluscs.