Thyasira trisinuata

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Thyasira trisinuata
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Lucinida
Superfamily: Thyasiroidea
Family: Thyasiridae
Genus: Thyasira
Species:
T. trisinuata
Binomial name
Thyasira trisinuata
(Orbigny, 1842)

Thyasira trisinuata, common name the "Atlantic cleft clam", is a species of saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Thyasiridae. This species is found along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from Nova Scotia to the West Indies. [1]

In biology, a common name of a taxon or organism is a name that is based on the normal language of everyday life; this kind of name is often contrasted with the scientific name for the same organism, which is Latinized. A common name is sometimes frequently used, but that is by no means always the case.

Family is one of the eight major hierarchical taxonomic ranks in Linnaean taxonomy; it is classified between order and genus. A family may be divided into subfamilies, which are intermediate ranks between the ranks of family and genus. The official family names are Latin in origin; however, popular names are often used: for example, walnut trees and hickory trees belong to the family Juglandaceae, but that family is commonly referred to as being the "walnut family".

Thyasiridae family of molluscs

Thyasiridae is a family of bivalve molluscs, including the cleft clams, in the order Lucinida.

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References

  1. Abbott, R.T. & Morris, P.A. A Field Guide to Shells: Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 47.