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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)


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]



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


East Pacific; North America; Western Atlantic Ocean;

External References



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)
6del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
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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