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(Gmelin, 1791)

Description:
The shell has a chalky, dull surface. The periostracum is present near the margins. The form is more elongated and flatter than that of Macoma balthica..

Size:
Up to 44 mm long.

Colour:
Fawn.

Habitat:
Lives on fine sand and mud bottoms. From the intertidal zone down to several hundred metres.

Distribution:
A northern Atlantic, Arctic species. In Europe records from Iceland and Norway (Distr. M. calcarea). In western Atlantic south to New York.

Macoma calcarea