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Thick trough shell

size:

up to 5 centimeters

color:

yellowish or white

food:

phytoplankton

enemies:

crabs

reproduction:

sexual

  • Dut: Stevige strandschelp
  • Lat: Spisula solida
  • Eng: Thick trough shell
  • Ger: Dickschalige Trogmuschel
  • Dan: Tykskallet trygmusling
Thick trough shell, Ecomare

Thick trough shell

As the name indicates, thick trough shells are robust medium-sized shells. Single or double valves wash ashore regularly. Living or recently dead specimen sometimes wash ashore after a storm or frost. When fresh, they are white to grayish white. Older specimen are usually discolored and often wash ashore during sand supplementation.

  • Distribution and habitat

    The thick trough shell lives burrowed into the sea bottom. It is common in the North Sea and lives up to depths of 50 meters.