Walking the newly appearing shoreline of Lake Mead in December, I picked up the above clam.
After I used the picture yesterday to illustrate a blog post and my water newsletter, I got a note from Karl Flessa, one of the founders of Centro de Estudios de Almejas Muertas – the Center for the Study of Dead Clams – and a member of the Inkstain Colorado River Brain Trust, to whit:
It’s Corbicula fluminea or Asian clam, first recorded in North America in the 1930s. Occurs thru most drainages in the US . Invasive and unpopular. Tends to clog up pipes and canals.
Occurs in soups in Japan.
The decline of the Colorado River has contributed to the death of many clams.
Re soup, I see an opportunity.