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Manila clam

Order Veneroida
Family Veneridae

Marine bivalve mollusc. Solid shell, ovoid, quadrangular, with the posterior margin almost straight. Symmetrical valves, with radial and concentric sawn lines that form a less dense reticulum than Ruditapes decussatus. Hinge with three cardinal teeth in each valve. Deep and rounded pallial sinus, without reaching the center of the valve. Edge of valves is smooth. Very variable color, generally brown, decorated with various designs, often large spots or concentric or irregular dark bands; Whitish interior. Up to 8 cm in length.

FAO code
Ruditapes philippinarum
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 57: the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 71: the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
may jun jul aug sep
International denominations
Germany Japanische Teppichmuschel
China 菲律宾蛤仔
France Palourde japonaise
Italy Vongola japonese
Portugal Amêijoa japonesa
United Kingdom Manila clam
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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