butter clam
(Aka Saxidomus gigantea)

The butter clam is a relatively large clam (e.g 12 cm long). The shells are heavy and solid, square to oval in shape.

Juvenile shells are yellow, changing to grey-white with age. The internal surface is white and smooth, but not glossy.




Notes
1. Important: Cut of the dark tip of the neck/siphon off before you eat it. That's where it can hold toxins.

Unlike most bivalves, the butter clam has the ability to retain paralytic shellfish poisons (PSTs) in its siphon and store them there for as long as two years. So be very careful with these guys.

2. Click here to watch a video that shows you how to clean them.
Categories: shellfish fauna


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