Common piddock or European piddock

Description
Common piddock shells from George Montagu’s collection.

Piddocks burrow into soft rocks (e.g. clay and sandstone). As they grow they enlarge their burrow to fit - they will in habit the same burrow for their entire lives. You may see them at low tide in holes on rockpools at Exmouth and Dawlish. The shape of their shells give this mollusc its other common name of ‘angelwings’.

In January 2020 the Montagu Collection was awarded Designated status by Arts Council England. This mark of distinction recognises the collection’s international significance to the scientific community - it is the most intact and taxonomically important collection of British shells of the early 19th century (1800-1816) to be found anywhere in the UK.
Accession Loan No.
Moll3646
Collection Class
Molluscs
Common Name
common piddock or European piddock
Simple Name
mollusc: shell
Full Name
PHOLADIDAE: Pholas dactylus: common piddock or European piddock
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Montagu, Colonel George (from the collection of)
Collection Country
United Kingdom
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
MOLLUSCA
Family
PHOLADIDAE
Genus
Pholas
Species
dactylus

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