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Medium-sized, slightly prosocline suborbicular Aviculopecten; auricular sinuses moderately deep; body costae on left valve narrow, varying in size with one to three smaller costae between larger ones, increasing by intercalation; interfaces narrow; anterior auricle with 20-22 fine costae, posterior auricle with 15 fine costae; 62 body costae at distance of 25 mm from hinge line; numerous closely-spaced, comarginal growth lamellae; right valve with nearly equal-sized body costae separated by equal or narrower interspaces; anterior auricle with eight costae, posterior auricle with 19-20 finer costae; 87 body costae at a distance of 20 mm from hinge line; umbonal angle of 55 degrees; fine comarginal growth lines.
Left valve small, suborbicular; 31 rounded body costae of unequal size, increasing by intercalation; costae crossed by fine, comarginal lamellae on posterior portion of valve; seven fine costae on left auricle with moderately deep sinus; umbonal angle of 97 degrees; other features not preserved.
Concha alargada, estrecha y arqueada, con el borde ventral comprimido, lo cual origina un fuerte lomo umbonal, el pico es terminal y el borde dorsal mas arqueado hacia la parte posterior; charnela con dos o tres dientes debiles; el resilio es casi tan largo como el margen dorsal posterior.
Color exterior blanquecino rosaceo iridiscente; color interior brillantemente nacarado, aporcelanado en la region umbonal.
Sulcus deep and narrow, with steep lateral slopes, originating at the umbonal area and terminating with a trapezoidal tongue occupying about 40% of maximum shell width.
The Iranian shells show a finely pitted surface of the larval and adult shell, a moderately convex sagittal profile more strongly curved in the umbonal area in the dorsal valve, whereas a single ventral valve shows a submarginal umbo.
Results revealed that after four months larvae that had only reached the umbonal stage by Day 15 were significantly smaller than those that had reached the pediveliger stage.
Choi and Chang (2003) extended the evaluation to the more advanced larval developmental stages in the pearl oyster Pinctadafucata martensii and discovered that prior to the umbonal stage, postthaw survival rates increased as the larvae developed, with the best survival rate being as high as 91% at late D-larval stage, followed by a decrease in survival with age.
The following shell characteristics were recorded: shell morphology, shell wall rigidity or thickness, valve lamellae, radial ribs, shell color, ligament channel, umbonal cavity volume, interior shell color, adductor muscle scar color and shape.
They have a very small anterior adductor scar, a continuous posterior byssus retractor scar and an anterior retractor scar that is situated in the posterior part of the umbonal cavity behind the beaks.