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Asiatic clam

Corbicula fluminalis

Description:

This was a large clam with a dark shell.

Habitat:

It was on a sandy and gravelly beach with driftwood on the river.

Notes:

I think this clam was in a part of the river low enough to be affected by the tide. I am not sure about ID though so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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4 Comments

Graham Monroe
Graham Monroe 2 years ago

Thanks for the help! I did some research and it looks like Corbicula manilensis is no longer a valid scientific name. The asiatic clam can be either Corbicula fluminea or Corbicula fluminalis. I chose fluminalis because it matches my specimen better.

Jellis
Jellis 2 years ago

Also the shape is more Clam than Mussel. Looks like the evasive Asiatic Clam (Corbicula manilensis)

Graham Monroe
Graham Monroe 2 years ago

Ok thanks. The map is the right area.

Jellis
Jellis 2 years ago

If you your map is correct than this is a freshwater clam not a mussel.

Graham Monroe
Spotted by
Graham Monroe

Virginia, USA

Lat: 37.31, Long: -77.18

Spotted on Jun 8, 2017
Submitted on Jun 10, 2017

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