The Assateague
Naturalist

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Northern Quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria)
up to about 6 inches

If you go clamming in Toms Cove (map), these are most likely the clams you'll find just below the surface of the sand.

On either side in the inside of the thick shell, you can see the adductor muscle scars (see also anatomy notes).

Northern quahogs are found along most of the East Coast and are also known as hard shell, steamer, or cherrystone clams. Quahog comes from the Algonquin Indian language, and besides eating the clams, the Indians used the shells for ornaments and money.

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