Saxidomus nutalli

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Saxidomus nutalli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Family: Veneridae
Genus: Saxidomus
Species: S. nutalli
Binomial name
Saxidomus nutalli
Dixon, 1788

Saxidomus nutalli, the California butterclam or butternut clam, is a species of large edible saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Veneridae, the venus clams.[1]

This is a commercially exploited species that attains a length of approximately 15 cm.[2]


This species was harvested by Chumash peoples on the central California coast, at least as early as the Millingstone Horizon.[3]

See also[edit]

Line notes[edit]

  1. ^ ITIS, 2008
  2. ^ Intertidal, 2008
  3. ^ C.M.Hogan, 2008


  • NTIS Report: Saxidomus nutalli [1]
  • Intertidal Marine Invertebrates of the South Puget Sound (2008) [2]
  • C.Michael Hogan (2008) Morro Creek, The Megaltihic Portal, editor Andy Burnham [3]