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Arched razor shell

Order Euheterodonta
Family Solenidae

Marine bivalve mollusc. Shell elongate and compressed that facilitates its burial. It is equivalve and is open at its anterior ends, where it draws the funnels, and posterior, where it extracts a muscular foot. The leaflets of the genus Ensis have an external ligament, a pallial sinus, a cardinal tooth and a lateral tooth in the right valve and two cardinal teeth and two lateral teeth in the left valve. Unlike sword razor shell (Ensis siliqua) it has a greater curvature in the ventral axis.

FAO code
Ensis magnus=Ensis arcuatus
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Fishing seasons
jan feb apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Schwertmuschel
France Couteau
United Kingdom Arched razor shell
Fishing areas
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