Tellina (Angulus) modesta (Carpenter, 1864)
Common name(s): Modest tellina
|Synonyms: Tellina buttoni|
|Tellina modesta from sandy mud on Guemes Channel, Anacortes, WA|
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles August 2005)|
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Some other Tellinas are very small and about as high as long. Tellina bodegensis grows to about 5 cm and does not have the ridge behind the anterior adductor muscle scar.
Geographical Range: Vancouver Island to lower California
Biology/Natural History: Surf scoters eat Tellina.
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Johnson and Snook, 1955
Maurer, D., 1967. Mode of feeding and diet, and synthesis of studies on marine pelecypods from Tomales Bay, California. Veliger 10: 72-76 (as T. buttoni)
In this view one can see the two cardinal teeth on each hinge, the lateral tooth next to it on the upper (right) valve, and the ridge behind the scar of the adductor muscle.
Total length of the shell is 1.6 cm.
Photo by Dave Cowles, August 2005