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Laternula gracilis
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Laternula gracilis
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Bivalves


Laternula gracilis is a small Indo-Pacific bivalve. It was first described from Port Curtis, Australia, and has a broad native range in the Indo-West Pacific, from Vladivostok, Russia to Singapore and Tasmania. It has been introduced to the West coast of North America in Humboldt Bay, California; Coos Bay, Oregon; and Willapa Bay, Washington. It inhabits soft, silty and sandy sediments in high intertidal to subtidal mudflats. It is cultured for food in northern China, but has had no economic or ecological impacts in North America.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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