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Marine Fisheries - Shellfish Image Gallery

Marine Fisheries

Shellfish Image Gallery

This photo gallery was designed to assist local county food and lodging specialists and others interested in basic identification of molluscan shellfish. Included are photographs and descriptions of various shellfish as well as unusual organisms sometimes found associated with shellfish and crabs.

Each entry includes photographs and a brief description as well as the typical growing range or source of the shellfish. The public health significance of each shellfish is also discussed. Source control, typically in the form of required tags or labels that indicate an approved source, is the primary step in ensuring that raw shellfish are safe for consumption. However, even shellfish from approved sources can be mishandled after receipt, which can result in an increased risk of illness to the consumer. For the purposes of this gallery, shellfish commonly produced and shipped from approved sources are noted as "approved for human consumption." Please note that this designation assumes that the shellfish products so noted are obtained from approved sources and handled according to N.C. Rules Governing the Sanitation of Shellfish (15A NCAC 18A .0300-.0900) and N.C. Rules Governing the Sanitation of Food Service Establishments (15A NCAC 18A .2600).

This gallery was not designed to be a scientific field guide to the various shellfish and organisms discussed but rather a general reference for the more common shellfish and associated organisms. All photographs were provided by N.C. Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section staff.

Asia clam Asiatic Clam
(Corbicula sp.)

Description
 Blood Arkshell Clam

Blood Arkshell Clam
(Anadara granosa)

Description

 Blue Mussel

Blue Mussel
(Mytilus edulis)

Description

 Eastern Elliptio

Eastern Elliptio
(Elliptio complanata)

Description

 Geoduck

Giant Clam, Geoduck
(Panopea generosa)

Description

 

Hardshell Clam, Quahog, Top-Neck Clam, Little-Neck Clam, Cherrystone Clam
(Mercenaria mercenaria)

Description

 Mahogany Clam

Mahogany Clam
(Artica islandica)

Description

 Manila Clam

Manila Clam
(Ruditapes philippinarum)

Description

 Oyster

Eastern Oyster
(Crassostrea virginica)

Description

 Ponderous Ark

Ponderous Ark , Blood Ark
(Noetia ponderosa)

Description

 Razor Clam

Razor Clam
(Ensis directus)

Description

 Soft Shell Clam

Soft Shell Clam, Steamer Clam
(Mya arenaria)

Description

 Surf Clam

Surf Clam
(Spisula solidissima)

Description

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