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Definition of the noun Acanthocardia

What does Acanthocardia mean as a name of something?

Acanthocardia is a genus of Cardiidae, described by J.E. Gray in 1851.

Acanthocardia is a genus of Cardiidae.

Phrases with Acanthocardia

Phrases starting with the word Acanthocardia:

  1. Acanthocardia aculeata
  2. Acanthocardia echinata
  3. Acanthocardia Mucronata
  4. Acanthocardia Deshayesii
  5. Acanthocardia tuberculata
  6. Acanthocardia Paucicostata
  7. Acanthocardia Paucicostatum
  8. Acanthocardia Echinata Echinata

Phrase ending with the word Acanthocardia:

  1. genus Acanthocardia

Other phrases containing the word Acanthocardia:

  1. species Acanthocardia aculeata
  2. species Acanthocardia echinata
  3. Species Acanthocardia Mucronata
  4. Species Acanthocardia Tuberculata
  5. Subspecies Acanthocardia Echinata Echinata

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Acanthocardia

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Google previewAnimals: A Visual Encyclopedia (Second Edition) (2009)

by DK Publishing

European prickly cockle Acanthocardia echinata Clear sundial shell Ocelate cowrie. 242 Octopuses and squid 242.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Animals (2004)

A Complete Visual Guide by Fred Cooke

into the sand FACT Fl Spiny cockle Acanthocardia aculeata, class Blvalvia cocide ...

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Acanthocardia aculeata (European spiny cockle)

Acanthocardia aculeata (Linnaeus, 1758) - European spiny cockle (public display, Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA)

Bivalves are bilaterally symmetrical molluscs having two calcareous, asymmetrical shells (valves) - they include the clams, oysters, and scallops. In most bivalves, the two shells are mirror images of each other (the major exception is the oysters). They occur in marine, estuarine, and freshwater environments. Bivalves are also known as pelecypods and lamellibranchiates.

Bivalves are sessile, benthic organisms - they occur on or below substrates. Most of them are filter-feeders, using siphons to bring in water, filter the water for tiny particles of food, then expel the used water. The majority of bivalves are infaunal - they burrow into unlithified sediments. In hard substrate environments, some forms make borings, in which the bivalve lives. Some groups are hard substrate encrusters, using a mineral cement to attach to rocks, shells, or wood.

The fossil record of bivalves is Cambrian to Recent. They are especially common in the post-Paleozoic fossil record.

The European spiny cockle shown above is part of the Lusitanian Province: "Concentrated in the mild temperatures of the Mediterranean Sea, and extending to the warmer waters of the Canary Islands and the cooler areas of France and Great Britain, is a fairly rich fauna. These waters support dozens of unique species, such as Jacob's scallop, the oxheart cockle and the European pelican's foot." [info. from museum signage]

Classification: Animalia, Mollusca, Bivalvia, Heterodonta, Veneroida, Cardiidae

Locality: unrecorded/undisclosed/unspecified

Photo credit: James St. John

Scrabble value of A1C3A1N1T1H4O1C3A1R1D2I1A1

The value of this 13-letter word is 21 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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