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Mactra (Austromactra) rufescens, Lamark 1819

Reddish Mactra, Reddish Trough Shell

Jim Martin (2012)  

 

 


Fact Sheet

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Brief Summary


Distribution


Physical Description

Size


Identification Resources


Ecology

Local Distribution


Crypsis


Life History & Behaviour

Feeding


Burrowing


Chemosensory Perception


Reproduction and Larval Biology


Anatomy & Physiology

Morphology


Evolution & Systematics

Fossil History


Phylogeny


Biogeographic Distribution


Conservation & Threats

Human Threats


References & Links


SUMMARY

The reddish trough shell, Mactra rufescens, is a burrowing bivalve found in the sandy intertidal zone.  All members of the Mactridae family burrow in sand or fine gravel, but never muddy substrates.The reddish trough shell is widely distributed throughout Australia. It's distribution stretches from central Queensland right along the coast, including Tasmania,to south Western Australia (Lamprell and Whitehead, 1992). These filter-feeding bivalves are generally cream in colour with a white interior. They are an important prey species for a number of large vertebrates. 

 
Figure 1: The reddish trough shell in their typical sandy, intertidal habitat.

Classification

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Bivalvia
Order
Venerida
Superfamily
Mactroidea