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Macoma nasuta (Bent nose clam)

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Copyright © 2005 Mary Jo Adams

 

The bent nose clam may reach a length of about 3 inches.   The valves are white and may have bits of white or gray periostracum present.   Looking at the valves from the hinge side reveals a distinct bend at the posterior end.   The siphons of this deposit feeder are orange when contracted but become white when extended.   As in other Macoma clams, the siphons are separate.   This clam can be found buried 4-6 inches deep in gravel, sand, mud, or muddy clay.   The bent nose clam may become prey to moon snails.   

This page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 1/24/06.

 

 

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photo of Macoma clam siphons

image of pointed Macoma and bent nose clams