Meretrix lyrata

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Lyrate asiatic hard clam
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A whole shell of Meretrix lyrata showing both the outside and the inside
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Live Meretrix lyrata for sale as sea food in a market in Haikou City, Hainan Province, China
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Veneroida
Family: Veneridae
Genus: Meretrix
Species: M. lyrata
Binomial name
Meretrix lyrata
(Sowerby, 1851)

Cytherea lyrata Sowerby, 1851

The lyrate Asiatic hard clam, Meretrix lyrata, also known simply as the hard clam (Vietnamese: Nghêu Bến Tre), is an edible saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Veneridae, the Venus clams.

This species occurs along the coasts of Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Southern China.

Culinary use[edit]

In Vietnam, these hard clams are eaten boiled, steamed, or roasted. They are an important export in the eastern and southern parts of Vietnam.[1]


  1. ^ "BIVALVES".  Fisheries Informatic Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam. Retrieved May 25, 2008.