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Corbicula fluminea

Basic information
Scientific name Corbicula fluminea

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Common names Asian clam, Prosperity clam
Higher taxon Corbiculidae, Veneroida, Bivalvia, Mollusca
Natural range SE China, Taiwan, Korean Peninsula, Russia
Habitat Lakes.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Almost entire Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu Range in Japan
Origin Unknown.
Date 1980s.
Route Deliberate: possibly originate from imported clams for aquaculture.
Impact Competition, hybridization against native species. harmful to some human environment. Nutrient enrichment. Carrying other invasive molluscs such as golden mussel (Limnoperna fortunei) and muldsnail (Potemopyrgus antipodarum).
Affected organism: Native clams.
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries N & S America, Europe, Australia
Reference Notes
  • Ecol Soc Jpn (ed) (2002) Handbook of Alien Species in Japan. Chijinshokan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Morgan et al. (2003) Population dynamics of the asiatic clam, Corbicula fluminea (Muller) in the Lower Connecticut River: Establishing a foothold in New England. J Shellfish Res. 22(1), 193-203
  • Nishi (2005) Records of freshwater clam Corbicula fluminea from Tamagawa River. Nat Hist Rep Kanagawa. 26, 109-110 (in Jpn)
  • Sonohara (2005) Invasion of Corbicula fluminea into the Sagami river system and taxonomical change of subfamily Corbiculinae. Actinia. 16, 11-19 (in Jpn)
  • Otani (2004) Introduced marine organisms in Japanese coastal waters, and the processes involved in their entry. Jpn J Benthol. 59, 45-57 (in Jpn with English abstract)