Surf clam

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For a related species, see Atlantic surf clam.
Surf clam
Spisula solida.jpg
External view of a shell of the Atlantic surf clam
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Veneroida
Family: Mactridae
Genus: Spisula
Species: S. solida
Binomial name
Spisula solida
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Atlantic surf clam, known locally as the "surf clam", scientific name Spisula solida, is a medium-sized marine clam or bivalve mollusc. Up to 5 centimetres (2.0 in) long, like many clams it is a sediment-burrowing filter feeder.[1][2]

This species of clam is found at scattered locations around the British and Irish coasts.

The shell of the surf clam is the main ingredient in the Japanese food wash-solution Surfcera (or Anshin Yasai 安心やさい).


  1. ^ Spisula solida, a MarLIN entry
  2. ^ Spisula solida ,a Marbef entry