Taxon profile


Malleus Lamarck, 1799

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Bivalvia - bivalves »  order Ostreida »  family Malleidae »  subfamily Malleinae


"Hammer Oyster." Subequivalve, irregular, rugose; dorsal margin long, produced into a narrow wing on each side; medium portion long, narrow, waved; hinge straight, without teeth, with an elongated, conical resilifer under the small, diverging, central, umbos; ligament partly external, short; a deep byssal notch in the right valve. The pearly lining of the valves does not extend as far as the ventral margin in the adult.
Distribution: Indo-Pacific. Southern Ocean.
Remarks: The young shell is like a Pteria, but, during the growth of the animal, layers are developed from the edge of the valves, until the shell assumes the peculiar elongated form indicated by the genus name, which signifies a hammer or mallet.
Cotton, B.C., 1961. South Australian Mollusca. Pelecypoda.
Author: Jan Delsing

Included taxa

Number of records: 12

species Malleus albus Lamarck, 1819

Malleus albus

species Malleus anatinus (J. F. Gmelin, 1791)
species Malleus candeanus d'Orbigny, 1842
species Malleus claemoniacus L. A. Reeve, 1858
species Malleus irregularis F. P. Jousseaume, 1894

Malleus irregularis

species Malleus lioyi Gregorio, 1884
species Malleus maculosus L. A. Reeve, 1858
species Malleus malleus (C. Linnaeus, 1758)

Malleus malleus

species Malleus meridianus Cotton, 1930

Malleus meridianus

species Malleus normalis J. B. Lamarck, 1819

Malleus normalis

species Malleus regulus Forsskäl, 1775

Malleus regulus

species Malleus rufipunctatus L. A. Reeve, 1858

Links and literature

EN The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera [1357798]

Rees, T. (compiler): The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera [] [as Malleus Lamarck, 1799]
Data retrieved on: 30 November 2019

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