Pullet carpet-shell

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 carpet-shell.
Depth: 0-20 m.
Environment: Lives dug down in soft bottoms, where they prefer coarser sediment.
Classification: When 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 square pattern.
    The Pullet carpet-shell is a member of the bivalve group under the molluscs.

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