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Species Fragum unedo (Linnaeus, 1758)

Strawberry Heart Cockle, The Strawberry Cockle

Compiler and date details

December 2010 - Peter U. Middelfart, Winston F. Ponder & Des Beechey, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia



Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Indo-west Pacific

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Ecological Descriptors

Coarse sand, coral reef, in rubble, intertidal, marine, sand.

Extra Ecological Information

To 60 m


General References

Allan, J.K. 1950. Australian shells: with related animals living in the sea, in freshwater and on the land. Melbourne : Georgian House xix, 470 pp., 45 pls, 112 text figs. [316, pl. 34, fig. 1]

Coleman, N. 1975. What Shell is That? Sydney : Lansdowne Press 298 pp. [184, pl. 521]

Germain L. 1982. Position systematique et taxonomique de Fragum (Fragum) tegulatum (Dautzenberg, 1900). Malacologia 1-2 22: 559-563 [563, fig. 10]

Gillett, K. & McNeill, F. 1959. The Great Barrier Reef and adjacent isles: a comprehensive survey for visitor, naturalist and photographer. Sydney : Coral Press 209 pp. [88, pl. 82]

Huber, M. 2010. Compendium of Bivalves. A full-color guide to 3,300 of the world's marine bivalves. A status on Bivalvia after 250 years of research. Hackenheim, Germany : ConchBooks 901 pp., 1 CD-ROM. [298, text-fig.] (on CD: line 9975)

Hylleberg, J. 2004. Lexical approach to Cardiacea. Records of taxa. Illustrated and annotated records of living and fossil shells, with emphasis on the families Cardiidae and Lymnocardiidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Part 3: N-Z. Phuket Marine Biological Center Special Publication 30: 645-939 [821-822]

Kirkendale, L. 2009. Their Day in the Sun: molecular phylogenetics and origin of photosymbiosis in the 'other' group of photosymbiotic marine bivalves (Cardiidae: Fraginae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society of London 97: 448–465 (inlcuded in phylogeny)

Lamprell, K. & Whitehead, T. 1992. Bivalves of Australia. Bathurst, New South Wales : Crawford House Press Vol. 1 xiv 182 pp. [66, fig. 204]

McMichael, D.F. 1960. Shells of the Australian sea-shore. Brisbane : Jacaranda Press 127 pp., 287 figs. [Date published December] [36, fig. 46]

Nielsen, C. 1976. Checklist of bivalves from PMBC beach and reef flat, Phuket, Thailand. Phuket Marine Biological Center, Research Bulletin 9: 3-7 [6]

Oostingh, C.H. 1925. Report on a collection of recent shells from Obi and Halmahera, Molluccas. Mededeelingen van de Landbouwhoogeschool te Wageningen 29(1): 1–362 [276] (as C. (Fragum) unedo)

Reeve, L.A. 1844. Monograph of the genus Cardium. pls 1-12, 13-22 in Reeve, L.A. (ed.). Conchologica Iconica. London : Reeve & Bentham Vol. 2. [pl. 2, fig. 13] (as C. unedo)

Rippingale, O.H. & McMichael, D.F. 1961. Queensland and Great Barrier Reef shells. Brisbane : Jacaranda Press 210 pp. [186, pl. 26, fig. 10]

Smith, E.A. 1884. Mollusca. pp. 34–116, 487–508, 657–659, pls 4–7. In, Report on the Zoological Collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of the H.M.S. 'Alert ' 1881-2. London : British Museum Trustees, printed by Taylor & Francis. [Part I. Collections of Melanesia, pp. 34–116; Part II. Collections from the Western Indian Ocean, pp. 487–508; explanation of plates pp. 657–659] [103]

ter Poorten, J.J. 2014. Fragum unedo (Linnaeus, 1758). World Register of Marine Species. (Accessed on 2015-01-27)

Wells, F.E. & Bryce, C.W. 1986. Seashells of Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 207 pp. [166, fig. 610]

Wilson, B.R. & Stevenson, S.E. 1977. Cardiidae (Mollusca, Bivalvia) of Western Australia. Western Australian Museum Special Publication 9: 1-114 [39, pl. 2, figs 19-22]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
22-Aug-2023 BIVALVIA 22-Aug-2023 MOVED Mr Des Beechey Ingo Burghardt Ms Anouk Mututantri (AM)
22-Aug-2023 BIVALVIA 22-Aug-2023 MOVED Mr Des Beechey Ingo Burghardt Ms Anouk Mututantri (AM)
11-Aug-2014 11-Aug-2014 MOVED
11-Aug-2014 CARDIIDAE 14-Feb-2014 MODIFIED Dr Winston Ponder (AM) Mr Des Beechey (AM) Dr Peter Middelfart (AM)
21-Nov-2013 MODIFIED