Appearance: Marine clam, generally ranging in size from 1.5 to 2.5 inches across. Shell generally circular in shape, somewhat flattened, and dark brown in color. Hinge area may exhibit wear which reveals white shell material underneath, but shell surface does not typically peel or flake off as often seen in Asiatic clams also detailed in this gallery. Typically sold live.
Typical Range: Produced primarily in Northeast US and eastern Canada .
Public Health Significance: Approved for human consumption if properly handled and labeled or tagged.