Native Littleneck Clam

Medium, oval to round with concentric rings and both vertical and horizontal ridges that creates cross-hatching appearance.

Cream to grey, sometimes with brown markings.

Higher and rounder than the similar Manila.

  
Often found alongside Butter Clams, Littlenecks are unique among saltwater clams by occasionally forming pearls.

Length

4 to 7 cm (1.5 to 3 inches)

Weight

Varied.

Habitat

Alaska to Mexico. In B.C., they are widespread and common in protected bays and estuaries, but numbers are declining in some areas.

Fishing

Found up to 15 cm (6 inches) beneath the surface in firmer, gravelly sand.

Cooking

Smaller and considered more tender than other clams. Steaming with butter is popular.

Notices

Beware of Red Tide or Sanitary Contamination. Check for closures at LINK.

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