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Description(Figs 9, 10C–D). To 15mm in length. Thin. Equivalve. Inequilateral, beaks in front of the midline. Compressed, length to tumidity ratio 2.3 to 2.5. Outline subovate, anterior rounded, posterior a little obliquely truncated; ventral curvature at its maximum well to the posterior of the mid line. Lunule indistinct, not depressed. Escutcheon narrow, deeply excavated but entirely occupied by ligament. Sculpture of dense concentric lines and irregular growth stops or wrinkles. Hinge plate prominent dominated by a long nymph supporting a very large external ligament; ligament rises well above the dorsal margin of the shell and extends posteriorly beyond the nymph to fill the escutcheon. Hinge teeth complex; RV with a single prominent anterior lateral tooth situated in front of the beak in the form of a narrow projecting peg with a flat or slightly excavated dorsal surface; below the beak is an arched laminar tooth its anterior end overlapping the lateral tooth, its posterior slopes steeply and ventrally and merges with a second ridge only noticeable by a weak notch mid way on this combined ridge. LV with a thin laminar posterior cardinal angled obliquely plus two combined cardinals in a horizontal orientation the posterior part larger than the anterior with a distinct notch between the two parts. Pallial line entire with a very small straightened section below the posterior adductor scar; adductor scars of about equal size; anterior pedal retractor scar deeply impressed, situated immediately in front of the hinge plate. Periostracum thin, persistent, glossy. Shell white. Mantle thin, mantle edge unfused except for short inhalant and exhalant siphonal apertures; inhalant aperture with many papillae increasing in size dorsally, exhalant with papillae of equal size. Foot with a distinct finger-like toe and poorly developed heel, pedal retractors prominent, the anterior attached in a deep impression close to the hinge. Anterior adductor muscle oval in cross-section, posterior adductor muscle subcircular, smaller than the anterior one. Ctenidia of a large, single (inner) demibranch, ascending part approximately one half the height of the outer, filaments fine tightly connected.