Mya (bivalve)

Mya is a genus of saltwater clams, marine bivalve molluscs in the family Myidae. They are widespread and abundant in northern waters.[1] Commonly known as Ipswich clams, soft-shell clam or steamers, they are routinely used as a food source for humans.[2]

Mya arenaria.jpg
A live individual of Mya arenaria
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Myida
Superfamily: Myoidea
Family: Myidae
Genus: Mya
Linnaeus, 1758

See text.

  • Arenomya Winckworth, 1930
  • Hiatula Modeer, 1793


Species within the genus Mya include:[3][4]


  1. ^ Foster, Richard W. (May 11, 1946). "The Genus Mya in the Western Atlantic". Johnsonia. 2 (20): 29–35 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Nancy Harmon (2002-08-21). "The Deep-Fried Truth About Ipswich Clams; No matter the source of the harvest, the secret to a classic seaside meal may be the mud". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  3. ^ Serge Gofas (2011). "Mya Linnaeus, 1758". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Zhang, Junlong (Nov 2018) et al., A tale of two soft-shell clams: an integrative taxonomic analysis confirms Mya japonica as a valid species distinct from Mya arenaria (Bivalvia: Myidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 184 (3): 605–622,