Saxidomus nuttalli

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Saxidomus nuttalli
Saxidomus nuttalli - Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History - DSC06675.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Family: Veneridae
Genus: Saxidomus
Species: S. nuttalli
Binomial name
Saxidomus nuttalli
Dixon, 1788

Saxidomus nuttalli is a species of large edible saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Veneridae, the venus clams.[1] Common names include California butterclam[1] and Washington clam.[2]

This clam is native to the west coast of North America, its distribution extending from northern California to Baja California.[2]

This is a commercially exploited species that attains a length of approximately 15 cm.[3]


This species was harvested by Chumash peoples on the central California coast, at least as early as the Millingstone Horizon.[4] The shells were used as currency by local native peoples.[2]

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Line notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Saxidomus nuttalli. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
  2. ^ a b c Washington Clam (Saxidomus nuttalli). Encyclopedia of the National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA.
  3. ^ Intertidal, 2008
  4. ^ C.M.Hogan, 2008


  • Intertidal Marine Invertebrates of the South Puget Sound (2008) [1]
  • C.Michael Hogan (2008) Morro Creek, The Megaltihic Portal, editor Andy Burnham [2]