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Mercenaria mercenaria   (Linnaeus, 1758)

northern quahog

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed.
Mercenaria mercenaria   AquaMaps   Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification
Bivalvia | Veneroida | Veneridae | Chioninae
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Main reference
Harvey-Clark, C. 1997. (Ref. 7726)
References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7726); max. reported age: 9 years (Ref. 2823)

Environment
Benthic; depth range 0 - 36 m (Ref. 83435)

Climate / Range
Subtropical, preferred 17°C (Ref. 107945); 49°N - 30°N, 80°E - 65°W (Ref. 83435)

Distribution
Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
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Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum depth from Ref. 104365. Found buried in muddy sediment on the lower shore and shallow sublittoral and in bays and estuaries. Prefers sandy environments to depths of 15 m (Ref. 78574). Members of the class Bivalvia are mostly gonochoric, some are protandric hermaphrodites. Life cycle: Embryos develop into free-swimming trocophore larvae, succeeded by the bivalve veliger, resembling a miniature clam (Ref. 833).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)

   

CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans




Human uses
Fisheries: commercial
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high