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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Pteria hirundo - Wing-oyster

Range & Status

This species occurs off-shore to considerable depth and is normally found associated with the soft-coral Eunicella verrucosa in British waters. It extends north from the Mediterranean to south-west England and south-west Ireland. Shells have been found in SA21 and SA37, and living animals in SA18/VC1/VC2 and SA20/VC1. There are six old records and two recent records for Cornwall, the latest being in 1995.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.