Corculum cardissum (Linnaeus, 1758)
True heart cockle
photo by FAO

Family:  Cardiidae (cockles)
Max. size:  8 cm SHH (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 20 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: from Mauritius Island, but probably not on the East African coast, to eastern Polynesia; north to Japan and south to northern Queensland and New Caledonia.
Biology:  Mainly used as an ornamental shell (Ref. 348). Found in intertidal reef flats wherein it is attached to its substrate via its small byssus (Ref. 799). The flattish posterior surface of shell lying horizontally just beneath the surface. Sometimes in dense colonies (Ref. 348).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 08.03.06
Modified by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 12.08.08

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