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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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Species Information Sheets - Asian Clam
Michigan State University. Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

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

NEANS Panel Online Guide - 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)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Invaders Factsheet: Asian Clam
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

Federal Government

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database: Fact Sheet - Asian Clam
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

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

Asian Clam (Corbicula fluminea) Ecological Risk Screening Summary (Jul 2015; PDF | 729 KB)
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
See also: Species ERSS Reports for more species summaries

State Government

Aquatic Invasive Species: Asiatic Clam (Apr 2009; PDF | 318 KB)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Species for exotic animal and plant pests invading Indiana, causing economic and visual damage

Environmental Fact Sheet: Asian Clams in New Hampshire (2012; PDF | 150 KB)
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
See also: Exotic Species Program - Publications for more resources

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.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Animals for species of concern

Asian Clam
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.


Invasive Species Information: Asian Clam
Paul Smith's College (New York). Adirondack Watershed Institute.

Factsheet: Asian Clam
Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species: Resources for additional species information

Invasive Species Fact Sheets - Asian Clam
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.


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

Invasive Species in the Lake George Watershed: Invasive Asian Clams
Lake George Association (New York).


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

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Fact Sheet - Asian Clam. 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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