Dentalium laqueatum Verrill, 1885
reticulate tuskshell
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Family:  Dentaliidae ()
Max. size:  6 cm SHL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 10 - 900 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: USA, Canada, Guyana and Caribbean.
Diagnosis:  Shell up to 60 m long, cream, slightly curved, entire surface reticulated by longitudinal, transversal striae. 9 to 12 rounded primary ribs, secondary ones begin early, all reach oral aperture, giving polygonal section. Intercostal spaces concave, Apex polygonal, short notch at convex side (Ref. 3441).
Biology:  Minimum depth from Ref. 111279. Members of the class Scaphopoda are gonochoric. Fertilization occurs in the mantle cavity. Life cycle: Eggs hatch into free-swimming lecithotrophic trochophore larvae, succeeded by shelled veligers (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
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Entered by: Conejar - Espedido, Jeniffer - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 21.09.16

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