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
Pinna carnea Gmelin, 1791 - Amber pen shell - a non-native species (Marine bivalve images)
Amber pen shell
Pinna carnea
- exterior of valves 1

Amber pen shell
Pinna carnea
- interior of valves 1

Amber pen shell
Pinna carnea
- exterior of valve 1

Amber pen shell
Pinna carnea
- interior of valve 1

Amber pen shell
Pinna carnea
- interior of valve 2

Amber pen shell
Pinna carnea
- interior of valves 2

Amber pen shell
Pinna carnea
- front of valve 1

Amber pen shell
Pinna carnea
- shell 1

Images above of juvenile specimens were found by Dr. Paul Gainey who examined the wreck of a large speedboat that had drifted across the Atlantic semi-submerged. The vessel was originally found in December 1986 off St. Ives. This species is a non-native species from the south-east coast of the United States of America, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

This is the species that was provisionally thought to be Atrina rigida in "Columbus and Pteria columbus", an article by Stella Turk MBE, in The Cochologists' Newsletter 105: 93-95.

Thanks to David Ehecatl Carroll and Chris Vos for their advice on the species.

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.

Pinna carnea Amber pen shell 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.