Distributed in the North-east Atlantic from the British Islands and southwards to North-west Africa. Also present in the Mediterranean.
Species usually found buried in sandy and muddy bottoms on the lower shore and shallow sub-tidal regions. It is a filter-feeding species of plankton and microorganisms.
Mainly caught in dredge fisheries and occasionally bottom trawl fisheries.
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One of the carpet shell species present along the European coastline, the Japanese carpet shell (Ruditapes philippinarum) is an invasive species native to the western Pacific Ocean.