Acanthocardia aculeata

Range & Status

Found in soft substrate on the lower shore and in the shallow sublittoral. Present on the south coast of England from the Isles of Scilly to East Sussex with records also from the east coast of England, south Wales and north-east Scotland. Elsewhere south to the Iberian Peninsula, into the Mediterranean, along the north African coast to Morocco. There are numerous pre-1950 records for Cornwall but this species seems to have become much scarcer in recent years. Living specimens have recently been found in the Isles of Scilly (1983) and in the Helford Estuary in 2005 and 2007.