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Paphia staminea is most prolific in the Pacific Northwest and can also be found along the coast of California and Baja California. The shell of the Pacific littleneck is characterized by its creamy or brown color, its suboval or subquadrate shape and its inflated contour. Suitable habitats for the Pacific littleneck clam include a gravelly or coarse sand substrate which provides protection from storms and predators, and a sufficiently active tide to maintain food availability. Paphia staminea is the most harvested native clam in the Pacific Northwest (Coan et al., 2000: 374). As such, the biological profile of the species presented herein carries not only an ecologocial, but also an economical significance.


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Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

Source: Field Museum phylogenetics class

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