WoRMS name details

Montacuta ferruginosa (Montagu, 1808)

140371  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:140371)

 unaccepted (currently placed in genus Tellimya)
Species
marine
Description A thin, elongated shell up to 10 mm long. The outside is smooth with very fine growth lines (not
always visible). The...  
Description A thin, elongated shell up to 10 mm long. The outside is smooth with very fine growth lines (not
always visible). The shell is coloured white or yellowish white and is sometimes covered with a thick,
granular, rusty deposit. The inside is coloured white, there is no mantle bend. [details]

Distribution M. ferruginosa occurs in the North Sea proper and in the Oosterschelde. The species is particularly abundant along the...  
Distribution M. ferruginosa occurs in the North Sea proper and in the Oosterschelde. The species is particularly abundant along the north coast of the Wadden islands and at some offshore locations. Highest density values are found north of Ameland. The biomass distribution closely resembles the density pattern. [details]

Distribution The distribution area of the Montacuta ferruginos a on the Belgian part of the North Sea was mainly limited in both periods...  
Distribution The distribution area of the Montacuta ferruginos a on the Belgian part of the North Sea was mainly limited in both periods to the western near-coastal zone. In the 1976-1986 period the species was found only locally whereas Montacuta ferruginosa was spread more widely in the 1994-2001 period. The species reached a maximum density of 180-220 ind./m2 in both periods. [details]
MolluscaBase (2018). Montacuta ferruginosa (Montagu, 1808). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=140371 on 2018-05-23
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basis of record Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca. in: Costello, M.J. et al. (eds), European Register of Marine Species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Patrimoines Naturels. 50: 180-213. (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Backeljau, T. (1986). Lijst van de recente mariene mollusken van België [List of the recent marine molluscs of Belgium]. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussels, Belgium. 106 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   

source of synonymy van Aartsen J.J. (1997). Galeommatacea e Cyamiacea. Parte II. La Conchiglia 281: 27-53, 61 [details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien 
 

From other sources
Biology Breeding occurs during the summer months. The eggs are incubated on the gills of the adults. When released, the veliger larvae are believed to have a life span of several months in the plankton before settlement and metamorphosis. The species first rnatures as a female, later changing into a male (Wolff, 1973; Fish & Fish, 1990).


M. ferruginosa is a commensal of the heart urchin Echinocardiurn cordatum and as many as over 14 specimens have been recorded with a single echinoderm. Adult specimens live freely in the burrow of E. cordatum, while the young are attached to the spines of the urchin by byssus threads. Free- living juveniles are able to survive on the sediment for long periods (months) without growing substantially (Tebble, 1966; Fish & Fish, 1989; Hayward & Ryland, 1990; Bosselmann, 1991).


The species is a suspension feeder and presumably has an enriched food supply through its association with Echinocardium (Wolff, 1973; Fish & Fish, 1989). [details]

Description A thin, elongated shell up to 10 mm long. The outside is smooth with very fine growth lines (not
always visible). The shell is coloured white or yellowish white and is sometimes covered with a thick,
granular, rusty deposit. The inside is coloured white, there is no mantle bend. [details]

Distribution M. ferruginosa occurs in the North Sea proper and in the Oosterschelde. The species is particularly abundant along the north coast of the Wadden islands and at some offshore locations. Highest density values are found north of Ameland. The biomass distribution closely resembles the density pattern. [details]

Distribution The distribution area of the Montacuta ferruginos a on the Belgian part of the North Sea was mainly limited in both periods to the western near-coastal zone. In the 1976-1986 period the species was found only locally whereas Montacuta ferruginosa was spread more widely in the 1994-2001 period. The species reached a maximum density of 180-220 ind./m2 in both periods. [details]

Habitat Montacuta ferruginosa clearly prefers fine to medium sand (median grain size 150-300 μm) with low mud content (maximum 20%). Especially the mud content seems to be decisive: the species has never been found in sediments with a mud content exceeding 20% whereas Montacuta ferruginosa occurs over a wide spectrum of the median grain size. Lives together with invertebrates that dig in the sand, such as the sea potato Echinocardium cordatum. In 35% of all findings of Montacuta ferruginosa, it co-occurred with Echinocardium cordatum[details]

Morphology M. ferruginosa has a thin and fragile shell, regularly oval in outline. Large specimens reach 9 mm in length. The sculpture, when visible, consists of fine concentric lines and few radiating striae. The shell is white to light yellowish in colour and usually covered with a thick, granular, rusty red deposit. The inside of the shell is white, sometirnes tinted light purple (Tebble, 1966; Fish & Fish, 1989; Hayward & Ryland, 1990). [details]

Synonymy Priority is given to Montacuta Turton, 1822. Janssen (1975), McKay & Smith (1979) and Van Aartsen et al. (1984) prefer Tellimya Brown, 1827. This is according to Abbott (1974) a junior synonym of Kellia Turton, 1822. [details]
 

LanguageName 
Dutch zeeklitmosseltjeovale zeeklitschelp  [details]
German rostrote Mondmuschel  [details]