Flyachinskaya L.P., Lezin P.A. 2017. Embryonic and larval development of the soft-shell clam Mya arenaria L., 1758 (Heterodonta: Myidae) in the White Sea // Invertebrate Zoology. Vol.14. No.1: 14–20 [in English].
Zoological Institute RAS, Universitetskaya nab., 1, Saint-Petersburg, 199034 Russia. E-mail: Lyudmila.Flyachinskaya@zin.ru
ABSTRACT: Soft-shell clam Mya arenaria L., 1758 is the common bivalve of intertidal communities in the northern hemisphere. In the present paper embryonic and larval development of M. arenaria were examined. The timing and characteristics of spawning were studied. The basic stages of development and features of larval morphology at different stages were investigated. Special attention is paid to the structure of the shell and hinge of the larvae of M. arenaria.
KEY WORDS: embryonic development, larval development, hinge development, Bivalvia, Mya arenaria.