BIOTIC Species Information for Mya arenaria
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Scientific nameMya arenaria Common nameSand gaper
MCS CodeW2149 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumMollusca Subphylum
Superclass ClassPelecypoda
Subclass OrderMyoida
SuborderMyina FamilyMyidae
GenusMya Speciesarenaria

Additional InformationCommon names include, the 'sand gaper', 'soft clam', 'soft-shelled clam', 'steamer clam' and the 'nannynose'. The literature on Mya arenaria is extensive and this Key Information review is based upon more detailed reviews by Clay (1966), Newell & Hidu (1986) and Strasser (1999).
Taxonomy References Fish & Fish, 1996, Howson & Picton, 1997, Campbell, 1994, Hayward et al., 1996, Tebble, 1976, Foster-Smith, 2000, Turk & Seaward, 1997, Allen, 1962, Bruce et al., 1963, Newell & Hidu, 1986, Strasser, 1999, Clay, 1966, Anonymous, 1996, Hawkins, 1994,
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