Identifying Clams

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- To tell the horse and softsclams apart, hold the clams on their ends and see whether the outlines of both s.s are the same. If they are, then it is a horse clam Figure 3 - right . If one sseems to overlap onto the other Figure 3 - left , then it is an eastern softsclam..Clams. SIZE: Up to 3 inches. SHAPE: Oblong, similar to littleneck. EXTERNAL: Concentric rings with radiating ridges forms lattice pattern. Typi.y grey colored, some purple color on the inside. DEPTH: 2-4 inches. SUBSTRATE: Gravel, mud, sand. ZONE: Above the half-tide level. Native littlenecks. SIZE: Up to 3 inches..Hardsclams - P.o by Don Rothaus Clams belong to the group of animalsed bivalves, which includes clams, mussels, oysters, and s.ops. The soft body parts of these animals are enclosed between two s.s; hence, the word bivalve. Bivalves are closely related to limpets, abalone, snails, slugs, squids, and .Manila Littleneck Clam. Size and Shape: Up to 2.5 inches. Oblong similar to Native Littlenecks but more oval . S.: Concentric rings with radiating line ridges. Siphon tips are split. Color can vary - typi.y grey, brown, or mottled. Some purple on the inside. Depth: 2-4 inches. Habitat: Gravel, mud, sand. Above the .

The following identification key was developed for the volunteers and other interested citizens to identify commonly found clams without harming the clams or their environment. Marine beaches are sometimes closed to harvesting clams, oysters, geoducks, and mussels because of dangerous levels of naturally occurring .Bay Clam Identification A number of clam sfeatures are used to identify clams. Shape and size are usually coupled with exterior .A sport fishing license is required to harvest clams and the daily bag limit for clams taken in inland waters is 50 pounds in the s California Code of Regulationsle 14, section 5.20 . The season is open all year and clams may only be taken by hand, or by spade, shovel, hoe, rake or other appliance operated by hand..Giant Clams: A Comprehensive Guide to the Identification and Care of Tridacnid Clams. Dahne Verlag, Ettlingen, Germany. 255 p. Rosewater, J. 1965. The Family .

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