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Asian Clam

Asian clams - Invasive.orgScientific name: Corbicula fluminea (O. F. Müller, 1774) (ITIS)

Common names: Asian clam, Asiatic clam

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Native To: Asia, Africa, and Australia (Sousa et al. 2008)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in 1938 in Washington State (Foster et al. 2012)

Means of Introduction: Possibly imported as a food source (Sousa et al. 2008)

Impact: Reproduces in large colonies that can clog waterways and pipes (Foster et al. 2012)

Current U.S. Distribution: Widespread throughout freshwater and some estuarine habitats in the U.S.



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New York Invasive Species Information - Asian clam
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Asian Clam
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel

Texas Invasives Database - Corbicula fluminea

Invasive Species Compendium - Corbicula fluminea
CAB International.

Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe (DAISIE): Species Factsheet - Corbicula fluminea
European Commission. Sixth Framework Programme.

Global Invasive Species Database - Corbicula fluminea (mollusc)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


Nonindigenous Species Information Bulletin - Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea (May 2001; PDF | 374 KB)
DOI. USGS. Florida Caribbean Science Center.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database - Corbicula fluminea
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System (NEMESIS): Chesapeake Bay Introduced Species Database - Corbicula fluminea
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.

Asian Clam
National Biodiversity Data Centre (Ireland). National Invasive Species Database.


Aquatic Invasive Species: Asiatic Clam (Apr 2009; PDF | 318 KB)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Asian Clam: An Exotic Aquatic Species (PDF | 128 KB)
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Lakes and Ponds Program.

Asian Clams in New Hampshire (2012; PDF | 150 KB)
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Asian Clam
Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency (New York).

Freshwater Aquatic Invasive Species in Rhode Island: Asian Clam (Sep 2010; PDF | 910 KB)
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Office of Water Resources.

Asian Clam
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Asian Clam (Corbicula fluminea) - 2010 Utah Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan (PDF | 671 KB)
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.


Asian Clam
Paul Smith's College (New York). Adirondack Watershed Institute.

Asian Clam (PDF | 272 KB)
Pennsylvania Sea Grant.


Asian Clams - Lake George Fact Sheet No. 53 (Feb 2014; PDF | 143 KB)
Fund for Lake George (New York).

Asian Clam
Lake George Association (New York).


Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Corbicula fluminea. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Corbicula fluminea. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Sep 16, 2014].

Sousa, R., C. Antunes, and L. Guilhermino. 2008. Ecology of the invasive Asian clam Corbicula fluminea (Müller, 1774) in aquatic ecosystems: an overview. International Journal of Limnology 44(2):85-94.

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