Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

A very common benthic bivalve mollusk of arctic seas
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Periostracum light brown to dark brown or black. Usually dull; Inside - white
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Distribution

Arctic seas to Massachusetts Bay; Alaska to Japan
  • North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
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Ecology

Habitat

bathyal, infralittoral and circalittoral of the Gulf and estuary
  • North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
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Depth range based on 199 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 84 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 240
  Temperature range (°C): -1.621 - 15.532
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.877 - 18.830
  Salinity (PPS): 13.921 - 35.232
  Oxygen (ml/l): 2.495 - 8.344
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.281 - 1.655
  Silicate (umol/l): 2.022 - 42.456

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 0 - 240

Temperature range (°C): -1.621 - 15.532

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.877 - 18.830

Salinity (PPS): 13.921 - 35.232

Oxygen (ml/l): 2.495 - 8.344

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.281 - 1.655

Silicate (umol/l): 2.022 - 42.456
 
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Infaunal mainly, on different types of sediments from silty to sandy sediments, often with gravel or stones; Sublitoral mainly; Widespread boreal-arctic
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Trophic Strategy

Suspension feeder
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Proterandric hermaphrodite; Eggs are attached to the substratum; Development without pelagic larvae
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Astarte borealis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Wikipedia

Astarte borealis

Astarte borealis, or the northern astarte, is a species of bivalve mollusc in the family Astartidae. It can be found along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from Greenland to Massachusetts.[1]

References

  1. ^ Abbott, R.T. & Morris, P.A. A Field Guide to Shells: Altantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 41.
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