Tellina tenuis, photographed by Paul Naylor.

Belongs within: Tellinoidea.

Tellina is a genus of burrowing heterodont bivalves that first appeared in the Lower Cretaceous. Tellina species burrow deeper than many other heterodonts, using their elongate siphons to feed from surface sediments. The shell is somewhat elongate with an external ligament and more or less unequal valves.

<==Tellina Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. agilis K-MM02
    |--T. alba H86
    |--T. albida Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. alternata WE63
    |--T. ampullacea PB27
    |--T. arctata C64
    |--T. asperrima Hanley 1844 H09
    |--T. aurea Perry 1811 H09
    |--T. australis Deshayes 1855 H09
    |--T. balaustina Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. balthica Linnaeus 1758 L58 [incl. T. fusca C64]
    |--T. bimaculata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. bodegensis [incl. T. emacerata] C64
    |--T. calcarea [incl. T. lata, T. proxima, T. sabulosa, Psammobia sordida, T. triangularis] J64
    |--T. californica C64
    |--T. candeana G79
    |--T. capsoides Lamarck 1818 H09
    |--T. caribaea WE63
    |--T. carnaria Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. compacta Smith 1885 H09
    |--T. crassiplicata Sowerby 1758 BW09
    |--T. crucigera Lamarck 1818 BW09
    |--T. cruentae Lightfoot 1786 K65
    |--T. dariena Conrad 1855 C64
    |--T. diegoana Conrad 1855 C64
    |--T. digitaria Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. diluta Smith 1885 H09
    |--T. dispar Conrad 1837 H09
    |--T. distorta PP64
    |--T. divaricata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. donaciformis Deshayes 1855 H09
    |--T. donacina Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. elucens Mighels 1844 J49
    |--T. emarginata Sowerby 1825 H09
    |--T. exculta Gould 1850 BW09
    |--T. exilis G79
    |--T. fabagella C64
    |--T. fabula PP64
    |--T. fabuloides PP64
    |--T. fausta [incl. T. laevis] G79
    |--T. felix C64
    |--T. fragilis Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. gargadia Linnaeus 1758 H09
    |--T. gemma [incl. T. pedroana Conrad 1855] C64
    |--T. gruneri [incl. T. inornata, T. interstriata] G79
    |--T. hanleyi [incl. T. rubescens] C64
    |--T. incarnata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. inconspicua Broderip & Sowerby 1829 F27 [=Macoma inconspicua C64; incl. Sanguinolaria californiana C64]
    |--T. inflata Gmelin 1791 H09
    |--T. interrupta [incl. T. listeri, T. maculosa] G79
    |--T. iridescens (Benson 1842) [=Sanguinolaria iridescens] H09
    |--T. lactea Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. laevigata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. laminata C64
    |--T. languida Smith 1885 H09
    |--T. lubrica Gould 1861 C64
    |--T. lutea [incl. T. alternidentata, T. guilfordiae] C64
    |--T. lux Hanley 1844 H09
    |--T. magna Spengler 1789 B64
    |--T. marginalis Lightfoot 1786 K65
    |--T. muricata C64
    |--T. murrayi Smith 1885 H09
    |--T. mutata Finlay 1927 [=T. rotunda Martin 1887 nec T. rotundata Montagu 1803 nec Sowerby 1867 nec Boettger 1875] F27
    |--T. nasuta C64
    |--T. nitida PP64
    |--T. (Peronaeoderma) ochracea C64
    |--T. ocoyana Conrad 1855 C64
    |--T. patagiata L96
    |    |--T. p. patagiata L96
    |    `--T. p. mauritiana Viader 1951 L96
    |--T. perna Spengler 1798 H09
    |--T. pharaonis Hanley 1844 H09
    |--T. philippii Philippi 1844 H09
    |--T. philippinarum Hanley 1844 H09
    |--T. pisiformis Linnaeus 1758 L58 [incl. Cardium discors C64]
    |--T. planata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. princeps C64
    |--T. (Phyllodina) pristiphora Dall 1900 PP78
    |--T. procrita Melvill & Standen 1899 H09
    |--T. puella C64
    |--T. pulchella PP64
    |--T. pulcherrima Sowerby 1825 H09
    |--T. punicea [incl. T. angulosa, Donax martinicensis, T. striata] G79
    |--T. pura Gld. 1851 [incl. T. mazatlanica] C64
    |--T. purpurea C64
    |--T. radiata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. ralphi Finlay 1927 [=T. aequilatera Tate 1887 non Koch & Dunker 1837] F27
    |--T. remies Linnaeus 1758 H09
    |--T. rhomboides Quoy & Gaimard 1835 H09
    |--T. rostrata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. rotundata Montagu 1803 F27
    |--T. ‘rotundata’ Sowerby 1867 non Montagu 1803 F27
    |--T. ‘rotundata’ Boettger 1875 nec Montagu 1803 nec Sowerby 1867 F27
    |--T. rufescens G79 [incl. T. opercularis C64, T. operculata G79]
    |--T. rugosa Born 1780 H09
    |--T. secta C64
    |--T. semen Hanley 1845 H09
    |--T. semitorta Sowerby 1867 H09
    |--T. serrata PP64
    |--T. sexradiata G79
    |--T. simulans C64
    |--T. sincera C64
    |--T. solenella Deshayes 1855 H09
    |--T. solidula C64
    |--T. squamulosa Adams 1850 H09
    |--T. staurella (Lamarck 1818) H09
    |--T. subtruncata Hanley 1844 H09
    |--T. sulcata Wood 1815 H09
    |--T. sybaritica C73
    |--T. tenuilirata Sowerby 1867 H09
    |--T. tenuis M62
    |--T. trifasciata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--T. vernalis Hanley 1844 H09
    `--T. virgulata Hanley 1845 H09

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[BW09] Bryce, C., & C. Whisson. 2009. The macromolluscs of Mermaid (Rowley Shoals), Scott and Seringapatam Reefs, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 77: 177–208.

[C73] Camp, D. K. 1973. Stomatopod Crustacea. Memoirs of the Hourglass Cruises 3 (2): 1–100.

[C64] Carpenter, P. P. 1864. Supplementary report on the present state of our knowledge with regard to the Mollusca of the west coast of North America. Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 33: 517–686.

[F27] Finlay, H. J. 1927. New specific names for austral Mollusca. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 488–533.

[G79] Guppy, R. J. L. 1879. First sketch of a marine invertebrate fauna of the Gulf of Paria and its neighbourhood. Part I.—Mollusca. Journal of Conchology 2: 151–172.

[H09] Hedley, C. 1909. The Marine Fauna of Queensland: Address by the President of Section D. Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science: Brisbane.

[H86] Hutton, F. W. 1886. The Mollusca of the Pareora and Oamaru systems of New Zealand. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (1): 205–237.

[J64] Jeffreys, J. G. 1864. The Upper Tertiary fossils at Uddevalla, in Sweden. Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 33 (Notices and Abstracts): 73–79.

[J49] Johnson, R. I. 1949. Jesse Wedgwood Mighels with a bibliography and a catalogue of his species. Occasional Papers on Mollusks 1 (14): 213–231.

[K65] Kay, E. A. 1965. The Reverend John Lightfoot, Daniel Solander, and the Portland Catalogue. Nautilus 79 (1): 10–19.

[K-MM02] Klein-MacPhee, G., & R. S. McBride. 2002. Sea robins. Family Triglidae. In: Collette, B. B., & G. Klein-MacPhee (eds) Bigelow and Schroeder’s Fishes of the Gulf of Maine 3rd ed. pp. 338–345. Smithsonian Institute Press: Washington.

[L58] Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae.

[L96] Loch, I. 1996. Notice: R. Viader collection. Molluscan Research 17: 110.

[M62] Monniot, F. 1962. Recherches sur les graviers a Amphioxus de la région de Banyuls-sur-Mer. Vie et Milieu 13: 231–322.

[PP64] Peres, J. M., & J. Picard. 1964. Nouveau manuel de bionomie benthique de la mer Mediterranee. Recueil des Travaux de la Station Marine d'Endoume, Bulletin 31 (27): 5–137.

[PB27] Pilsbry, H. A., & J. Bequaert. 1927. The aquatic mollusks of the Belgian Congo, with a geographical and ecological account of Congo malacology. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 53 (2): 69–602, pls 10–77.

[PP78] Poorman, F. L., & L. H. Poorman. 1978. Additional molluscan records from Bahía de Los Angeles, Baja California Norte. Veliger 20 (4): 369–374.

[WE63] Warmke, G. L., & D. S. Erdman. 1963. Records of marine mollusks eaten by bonefish in Puerto Rican waters. Nautilus 76 (4): 115–120.

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