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Masijimi 01.jpg
Corbicula leana
Corbicula fluminea.jpg
Shell of Corbicula fluminea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Veneroida
Superfamily: Cyrenoidea
Family: Cyrenidae
Genus: Corbicula

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Corbicula is a genus of freshwater and brackish water clams, aquatic bivalve mollusks in the family Cyrenidae, the basket clams.[1]

The genus name is the New Latin diminutive of Latin corbis, a basket, referring to the shape and ribs of the shell.

The genus Corbicula includes 16 species described to date. The best known is Corbicula fluminea, an invasive species in many areas of the world.


Species within the genus Corbicula include:[2]

Fossil species
  • Corbicula elegans (Lamarck, 1806)


  1. ^ Gofas, S. (2015). Cyrenidae Gray, 1847. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2015-08-26
  2. ^ genus Corbicula

Further reading[edit]

  • Alexei V. Korniushin, Matthias Glaubrecht (2003) Novel reproductive modes in freshwater clams: brooding and larval morphology in Southeast Asian taxa of Corbicula (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Corbiculidae) Acta Zoologica 84 (4), 293–315.
  • (Redescription) Coan, E. V.; Valentich-Scott, P. (2012). Bivalve seashells of tropical West America. Marine bivalve mollusks from Baja California to northern Peru. 2 vols, 1258 pp.