E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Mya arenaria Linnaeus, 1758
Family: Myidae
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© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #7666)

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Distribution of Mya arenaria in British Columbia
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The Softshell-clam is an introduced species in British Columbia that originates in Europe and along the Atlantic Coast of North America. It was first reported on the Pacific Coast in 1874 in Oakland, California (Carl and Guiget 1958). By 1890 it was reported as abundant around Victoria, by 1895 it was reported from northern Vancouver Island, and by 1939 it was report from the Queen Charlotte Islands (Carl and Guiget 1958).

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Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2023-05-29 5:26:56 PM]
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