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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Metazoa
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Veneroida
Superfamily: Veneroidea
Family: Veneridae
Genus: Saxidomus

Saxidomus, common name the "Washington clams", is a genus of large edible saltwater clams, marine bivalve mollusks in the family Veneridae, the Venus clams.

The species Saxidomus gigantea is known as the "butter clam".[1]

The word saxitoxin (the neurotoxin found in paralytic shellfish poisoning) is derived from the genus name Saxidomus.


Species within the genus Saxidomus include: