Species Factsheet

Corbicula fluminea


Complete name: Corbicula fluminea (O. F. Müller, 1774)
Taxonomy: Mollusca » Mollusca » Bivalvia » Veneroida » Corbiculidae » Corbicula fluminea
Authors: Dan Minchin
Last updated: January 7th, 2008

Common Names

Asian clam.


Corbicula manilensis Philippi, 1844
Corbicula fluminea

Short Description

Inland water filter feeding bivalve with a globular shell. Has the capability of collecting food in sediments with its extendable foot. It has tan to brown, ridged solid shells. They occur in large numbers in sediments and are usually <3cm. In Europe there are two distinct morphotypes with varied length/shell height ratios and shell colour. It is generally accepted C. fluminalis occurs in river mouths with small variations in salinity.