butter clam

butter clam

n.
Either of two large, delicately flavored clams (Saxidomus giganteus or S. nuttalli) found on the Pacific coast of North America.
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His sensitive eyes seize the slow movements of the bare foot of "a butter clam at a fish store," which endures all the sufferings of being alive.
Red tides would often shut down clamming operations, such as in Kachemak Bay in the 1950s when a lucrative butter clam cannery was closed.
These terraces artificially raised the level of selected beaches and created prime habitat for the butter clam saxidomus gigantea, a major food source for coastal people for at least 2,000 years.
Other clams found in Oregon bays are the cockle, gaper, littleneck and butter clam.
Indeed, the family of toxins responsible for PSP was named saxitoxins because they were extracted from the butter clam (Saxidomus giganteus Deshayes) from Peril Strait, just northeast of Sitka in southeast Alaska.
On the evening of June 25, while aboard a fishing boat, the decedent had consumed 25-30 steamed butter clams and 2 teaspoons of butter clam broth.
Through drilling activities, very clear evidence of the predation of these species is left in intertidal habitats, most commonly on the Pacific littleneck clam (Protothaca staminea), the butter clam (Saxidomus gigantea), and the Pacific horse clam (Tresus nuttallii).
ABSTRACT We developed a polyclonal antibody from egg proteins of the butter clam, Saxidomus purpuratus, to quantify eggs using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).
At the time, only butter clams were harvested commercially in British Columbia.
PSP primarily results from ingestion of saxitoxins, toxins produced by marine dinoflagellate algae that accumulate in bivalve mollusks (e.g., butter clams, cockles, geoducks, and mussels) (1).
Hitting the beach at minus tide, we easily filled a bucket with butter clams in an hour's digging.
In Alaska, PSP research began in 1946 at the Ketchikan Laboratory, following seizure by the Food and Drug Administration of a shipment of frozen butter clams, Saxidomus giganteus, from Petersburg for presence of PSP.