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Asian Clam

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Asian clams
Scientific Name:
Corbicula fluminea (O. F. Müller, 1774) (ITIS)
Common Name:
Asian clam, Asiatic clam
Asian clams, adult - Photo by Shawn Liston; Audubon of Florida
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)
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.

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status


  • Google. YouTube; Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Fish & Wildlife Department.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Asian Clam.


IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).
Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (New York).
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel.

New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Michigan State University. Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

Federal Government

DOCNOAA. Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory; DOIUSGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.

Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

State and Local Government

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
See also: Exotic Species Program - Publications for more resources
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Office of Water Resources.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Animals for species of concern

Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

See also: Invasive Species for exotic animal and plant pests invading Indiana, causing economic and visual damage
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.


Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species: Resources for additional species information
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant.
Paul Smith's College (New York). Adirondack Watershed Institute.