Pod razor

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The pod razor (Ensis siliqua) is a coastal bivalve of European waters. It is edible and has been fished commercially, especially in Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Scotland.[3]

Pod razor
Ensis siliqua-V.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Adapedonta
Superfamily: Solenoidea
Family: Pharidae
Genus: Ensis
E. siliqua
Binomial name
Ensis siliqua

See text

  • Solen siliqua Linnaeus, 1758
  • Solen novaculus Montagu, 1803
  • Solen ligulus Turton, 1822
  • Solen siliquosus Locard, 1886

Ensis siliqua is also known as the razor fish, razor clam or giant razor.

There is at least one subspecies: E. s. minor.[4]


Ensis siliqua; a) foot b) mantle c) inhalant siphon d) exhalant siphon e) shell

The valves of the shell are elongated and reach a length of up to twenty-one centimetres (8.3 in). The two sides are straight and parallel. The colour is creamy white, sometimes with brownish stripes, and the periostracum is olive green. It is sculptured with fine lines and growth marks can be seen. The anterior end is truncated while the posterior end is rounded.[5] It has a very large foot and is capable of burrowing in the fine, hard-packed muddy sediments that it favours. where it is associated with the starfish (Astropecten irregularis) and the common otter shell (Lutraria lutraria).[3]

Distribution and habitatEdit

Ensis siliqua is found in coastal areas of the north east Atlantic Ocean from the Baltic Sea and the North Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.[5]


  1. ^ World Register of Marine Species
  2. ^ "Marine Species Identification Portal: Ensis siliqua". Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  3. ^ a b Consequences of hydraulic dredging for a razor clam Ensis siliqua (L.) bed in the north-west Irish Sea
  4. ^ "Edible Molluscs Page 7".
  5. ^ a b Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland