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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.
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.
View ISSG Record: Mya arenaria

Protected Areas

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


Prey / Diet

Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[1]
Callinectes sapidus (blue crab)[1]
Chrysaora quinquecirrha (sea nettle)[1]
Crassostrea virginica (American cupped oyster)[1]
Mya arenaria (Clam)[1]


Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)[1]
Alosa sapidissima (American shad)[1]
Anas rubripes (American Black Duck)[1]
Anchoa mitchilli (Bay anchovy)[1]
Ariopsis felis (Sea catfish)[1]
Aythya valisineria (Canvasback)[1]
Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[1]
Brevoortia tyrannus (Shad)[1]
Calidris alpina (Dunlin)[2]
Callinectes sapidus (blue crab)[1]
Cancer productus (red rock crab)[1]
Carcinus maenas (green crab)[3]
Chroicocephalus ridibundus (Common Black-headed Gull)[4]
Clangula hyemalis (Oldsquaw)[1]
Crassostrea virginica (American cupped oyster)[1]
Cygnus columbianus (Tundra Swan)[1]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[1]
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[1]
Limanda limanda (Sand dab)[1]
Limnodromus scolopaceus (Long-billed Dowitcher)[2]
Limulus polyphemus (horseshoe crab)[5]
Melanitta perspicillata (Surf Scoter)[2]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[1]
Micropogonias undulatus (Atlantic croacker)[1]
Morone americana (Wreckfish)[1]
Mya arenaria (Clam)[1]
Platichthys flesus (North Atlantic flounder)[1]
Pleuronectes platessa (European plaice)[1]
Rhinoptera bonasus (Skeete)[1]
Somateria mollissima (Common Eider)[4]
Trinectes maculatus (Hogchoker)[1]


Parasitized by 
Himasthla continua[1]
Himasthla elongata[1]
Psilostomum brevicolle[1]
Renicola roscovita[1]


East Pacific; North America; Western Atlantic Ocean;



Attributes / relations provided by 1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. 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. 4Energy flow of a boreal intertidal ecosystem, the Sylt-Rømø Bight, Dan Baird, Harald Asmus, Ragnhild Asmus, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 279: 45–61, 2004 5Diet 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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