APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Barnea parva (Pennant, 1777) - Little piddock (Marine bivalve images)
Barnea parva
Little piddock
- exterior / valves left and right 1

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- interior / valves left and right 1

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc side view 1

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc side view 2

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc underside / foot 1

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc underside / foot 2

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc underside / foot 3

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- underside / foot and siphon 1

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- underside / foot and siphon 2

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc topside 1

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc topside 2

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc topside and siphon 1

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc topside 3

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- mollusc side view and siphon 1

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- left and right interior valves 1

Barnea parva
Little piddock
- left and right interior valves 2

The rocks in Cornwall are often too hard for rock boring molluscs, so this species is quite a rare find in the county, only being recorded 10 times in the county since the 1860s. The shell is much smaller than the Common piddock and also fragile, and easily broken. Shells may be found on the south coast of Cornwall where there are softer rocks e.g. around St. Austell Bay, Helford Passage and Mounts Bay area.

All photographs were taken in the Mounts Bay Area of Cornwall, near Penzance. Barnea parva was found to be frequenting the same habitat and found with Pholas dactylus, the Common piddock.

Also see Barnea candida, the White piddock.

Scientific and European Names:
Barnea parva, Pholas parva, Little piddock, Kleine boormossel.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Helping to understand, identify, record, and conserve molluscs.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Barnea parva Little Piddock Marine Bivalve Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.