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Leukoma staminea
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Leukoma staminea
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Bivalves


Leukoma staminea is commonly known as the Pacific Littleneck clam. It is native to the Northeast Pacific from Baja California, Mexico to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. In 1885, L. staminea was introduced to the East Coast of North America. The clams were brought from Oregon and Washington and planted near Woods Hole, Massachusetts, but they did not survive and were never found in the surrounding area. In its native range, this species is a popular edible clam which is commercially fished in some areas.

*Beyond its native range, this species is not currently established 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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