Arca zebra

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Arca zebra
Arca zebra (Interior).jpg
Interior of a shell of Arca zebra
Scientific classification
A. zebra
Binomial name
Arca zebra
(Swainson, 1833) [1]

Arca zebra, or the turkey wing ark clam, is a bivalve mollusc in the family Arcidae, the ark clams.


This species is found along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from North Carolina to the West Indies and Bermuda.[2] It attaches itself to rocks or other hard substrates in shallow water with byssus threads.


The shell of Arca zebra is boldly striped in brown and white which gives it a resemblance to the wing of a wild turkey. The whole shell (when both valves are together) has also been likened to Noah's Ark. It is a sturdy shell growing up to 4 in (10 cm) long and 2 in wide. The umbones are separated by a shallow depression, and the hinge is long and straight with about 50 small teeth. There is coarse sculpturing fanning out from the umbones. The inside of the shell is whitish or pale mauve.[3]


These clams are sometimes hitchhikers on live rock, ending up in saltwater fish tanks. They blow out debris in little plumes that may be noticed by the tank owner, leading to their discovery.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Arca zebra (Swainson, 1833) World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  2. ^ Abbott, R.T. & Morris, P.A. A Field Guide to Shells: Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 8.
  3. ^ Turkey Wing: Clam Suitable for a Pie Retrieved 2011-11-29.