North Quahog

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Mercenaria mercenaria

Class:

Order:

Family:

Bivalvia

Venerida

Veneridae

Veneridae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 150

N/A

Chirality:

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Newfoundland to Florida

0 to 15 meters

Diet:

Suspension feeder

Habitat:

Marine; Shallow water

Misc. Facts

The North Quahog is the official state shell of Rhode Island. They are a commercially significant species that is harvested and aquacultured along the US East coast.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Mercenaria mercenaria (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=141919 on 2021-06-10

Morris, P. A. (1987). A field guide to shells: Atlantic and Gulf coasts and the West Indies (3rd ed.). Houghton Mifflin.