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geoduck

(go͞o`ēdŭk'), common name of a Pacific clamclam,
common name for certain bivalve mollusks, especially for marine species that live buried in mud or sand and have valves (the two pieces of the shell) of equal size.
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, Panope generosa. The largest intertidal burrowing bivalvebivalve,
aquatic mollusk of the class Pelecypoda ("hatchet-foot") or Bivalvia, with a laterally compressed body and a shell consisting of two valves, or movable pieces, hinged by an elastic ligament.
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 in the world, the geoduck may weigh up to 12 lb (5.4 kg). The shell is thin, lacks teeth, and may attain a length of 8 in. (20 cm). The valves, or two parts of the shell, are always open in the adult, because the body and siphons are too large to be retracted. Geoducks are found from British Columbia to S California, with the largest population in Puget Sound. They inhabit mud flats, burrowing to a depth of 3 or 4 ft (90–120 cm), where they live in semipermanent burrows. Although they are edible, they are not widely marketed due to their inaccessibility: They are exposed for only a few hours a month during minus tides, at which time they can be obtained with a shovel. Digging geoducks is considered a sport in Washington, where there is a limit of three per day. Geoducks are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Pelecypoda or Bivalvia, order Eulamellibranchia, family Saxicavidae.
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This information is relevant for geoduck clam fishery management, providing information for fishery control rules, for example, minimum legal shell length and shell length at first maturity (Aragon-Noriega et al.
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drained Thinly slice geoduck across the siphon, keeping slices aligned.
Whereas the term shellfish also includes crab, lobster, urchins, and sea cucumbers, this paper uses the term shellfish as shorthand for the following: oysters, clam, geoducks, mussels, and abalone.
Geoducks are flown overseas live and are kept alive in tanks in the restaurants and stores where they are sold.