Pisidium moitessierianum

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Pisidium moitessierianum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Veneroida
Suborder: Sphaeriacea
Family: Sphaeriidae
Genus: Pisidium
Species: P. moitessierianum
Binomial name
Pisidium moitessierianum
Paladilhe, 1866

Pisidium moitessierianum is a species of minute freshwater clam. It is an aquatic bivalve mollusc in the family Sphaeriidae.


This species is the smallest of the pea clams or Pisidium species, and the smallest of any freshwater bivalve, at 1.5 - 2.5 mm. adult size. The shell is long-oval and oblique wedge-shaped with prominent umbos which are slightly behind the mid point. The umbos are demarcated by a shallow furrow. The surface (periostracum) is silky, with regular concentric striae.

Drawing of the right valve external view of Pisidium moitessierianum.
Drawing of the right valve lateral view of Pisidium moitessierianum.
Drawing of the right valve internal view of Pisidium moitessierianum.


The species is native to Europe, but has been introduced to northeastern North America.


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Zettler, M.L., Kuiper, J.G.J. 2002: Zur Verbreitung und Ökologie von Pisidium moitessierianum (Paladilhe 1866) unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Nordostdeutschland (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Sphaeriidae). Mitteilungen der Deutschen Malakozoologischen Gesellschaft 67: 9-26

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