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Mya arenaria (Clam; Gaper; Long clam; Longneck; Mananose; Old maid; Sandgaper; Soft clam; Soft-shell clam; softshell; softshell clam; Almeja de can; Almeja de río; Bec de jars; Cappa molle; Clame da areia; Clauque; Große Sandklaffmuschel; Grote strandgaper; Mye; Sandklaffmuschel; Sandmuschel; Sandmusling; Schlickauster; Strandauster)

Synonyms: Mya acuta; Mya acuta mercenaria; Mya alba; Mya communis; Mya corpulenta; Mya declivis; Mya elongata; Mya hemphilli; Mya japonica; Mya lata; Mya oonogai; Sphenia ovoidea

Wikipedia Abstract

Soft-shell clams (American English) or Sand gaper (British English/Europe), scientific name Mya arenaria, popularly called "steamers", "softshells", "longnecks", "piss clams", "Ipswich clams", or "Essex clams" are a species of edible saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Myidae. These clams live buried in the mud on tidal mudflats.
View Wikipedia Record: Mya arenaria

Invasive Species

Mya arenaria (soft shell clam) has a large global distribution, largely due to its adaptability to varying environments. Impacts of Mya arenaria range from habitat alteration to massive bioaccumulation.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Map Climate Land Use
SPA Pommersche Bucht 495241 Germany    

Ecosystems

Prey / Diet

Coscinodiscus radiatus[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Macoma balthica (Baltic macoma)1
Mytilus edulis (Blue mussel)1

Predators

Calidris alpina (Dunlin)[2]
Carcinus maenas (green crab)[3]
Chroicocephalus ridibundus (Common Black-headed Gull)[1]
Limnodromus scolopaceus (Long-billed Dowitcher)[2]
Limulus polyphemus (horseshoe crab)[4]
Melanitta perspicillata (Surf Scoter)[2]
Somateria mollissima (Common Eider)[1]

Distribution

East Pacific; North America; Western Atlantic Ocean;

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Citations

Species recognized by Gofas S., 2004-12-21, in Catalog of Life 2011
Attributes / relations provided by 1Energy flow of a boreal intertidal ecosystem, the Sylt-Rømø Bight, Dan Baird, Harald Asmus, Ragnhild Asmus, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 279: 45–61, 2004 2Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979 3Elner, R. W. (1981). Diet of green crab Carcinus maenas (L.) from Port Hebert, southwestern Nova Scotia., 1(1), 89-94. 4Diet and food preferences of the adult horseshoe crab Limulus polyphemus in Delaware Bay, New Jersey, USA, M. L. Botton, Marine Biology 81, 199-207 (1984)
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Protected Areas provided by Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
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