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Theora lubrica
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Theora lubrica
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Bivalves
Common name: ASIAN SEMELE


Theora lubrica is commonly known as the Asian Semele. It is a small infaunal bivalve native to the Northwest Pacific, from southern Russia and northern Japan to the Hong Kong region. It has been introduced to California, Australia, New Zealand, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic coast of Spain. It typically occurs in soft, muddy subtidal or lower intertidal sediments, rich in organic matter. It is considered a pollution-indicator species, because of its frequent dominance in highly polluted sediments. No ecological or economic impacts have been reported for this species.

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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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