soft clam


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soft clam

soft clam

n
(Animals) another name for the soft-shell clam
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Usually, the oyster and soft clam occupy the brackish areas, whereas the hard clam and bay scallop occupy zones where salinities exceed 150100.
The soft clam ranges from Maine to North Carolina (Fig.
Soft clam production from Maine to Virginia was 630,000 bushels and their landed value was $13.
Prices of the soft clam are considered for only the two leading producers, Maine and Maryland (Fig.
The oyster and bay scallop are landed mostly in the autumn and early winter; the hard clam and soft clam mostly in the spring and summer (Fig.
When salinities, temperatures, food, and other factors are close to ideal, oyster larvae develop to the settling stage in as little as 8 days, hard clam larvae in 6-8 days, soft clam larvae in 10 days and bay scallop larvae in 14 days (Loosanoff and Davis, 1963).
It has not been determined what features, if any, control the distributions of hard clam, soft clam, and bay scallop larvae.
See species profiles on the oyster by Stanley and Sellers, 1986; hard clam by Stanley, 1985; and soft clam by Abraham and Dillon, 1986).
Only speculative estimates have been made of the percentages of hard clam, soft clam, and scallop seed that attain commercial sizes.
In the hard clam, soft clam and bay scallop fisheries, however, fishermen leave seed in the beds and they kill few seed.