Appearance: The Manila clam is a smaller clam, typically 1 inch in length. The shell is generally is cream colored with irregular lines radiating horizontally and vertically from the hinge area. It is similar to the hardshell clam, which is also detailed in this gallery, but the shell is not as rounded. The clam is mostly received in N.C. establishments from U.S. and Canadian sources. It is usually sold live.
Typical Range: Asia Pacific to US NW and Canda.
Pulbic Health Significance: Approved for human consumption if properly handled and labeled or tagged.