An Illustrated and Cross-Referenced Glossary of
Malacological and Conchological Terms

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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CLAM   Common term for a BIVALVE. See also some common names for various types of clams: COQUINA; DATE MUSSEL; GIANT CLAM; MUSSEL; OYSTER; PIDDOCK; QUAHOG; RAZOR CLAM; SHIPWORM.

COQUINA CLAM   Common name for CLAMS of the genus Donax.

GIANT CLAM   A CLAM of family Tridacnidae, genus Tridacna.

LWC - Little White Clam   LWC is an abbreviation for Little White Clam. The term is typically applied to a multitude of unidentified specimens of small, white bivalves.

  Common name applied to the ELONGATE bivalve shells of the genus Solen.
Photo: Solen viridis Say, 1821

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