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Meretrix lusoria
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Meretrix lusoria
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Bivalves
Common name: ASIAN HARD CLAM


Meretrix lusoria is commonly known as the Asian Hard Clam or the Common Orient Clam. It is native to estuaries and coastal waters of Asia from China, Korea, and Japan. Meretrix clams are heavily fished, and frequently raised in aquaculture in Asian waters. Several attempts have been made to introduce M. lusoria to Hawaii, the West Coast of North America, and Puerto Rico, but as far as we are aware, no populations have become established. No impacts have been reported for Meretrix spp.

*This species is not currently established in North American waters.

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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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