Soft Shell Clam, Steamer Clam
Appearance: The shells are dull gray to whitish in color, with distinct uneven growth lines. They typically measure three to six inches in length. Shells do not touch at ends when closed (photo 2) and siphons will often protrude from the narrow end of the shells when observed live. The shell (at top) also displays a distinct raised "tooth" at the hinge.
Typical Range: Inshore shellfish found from Labrador to North Carolina, harvested primarily from Northeastern United States. Typically sold live.
Pulbic Health Significance: Approved for human consumption if properly handled and labeled or tagged.