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2006-08-11 16:24:48

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials added a warning about clams on Friday to their caution against eating raw oysters from the Pacific Northwest following more reports of stomach sickness caused by bacteria from the shellfish. Seventy-two illnesses linked to contaminated oysters and clams were reported from May 20 through July 31, the Food and Drug Administration said. Another 105 probable cases were recorded during the same time period. The illnesses were reported in...

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2005-01-19 07:41:18

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- The war on terror could have an unlikely ally in a modest mollusk known as the quahog. Researchers who injected the clams with enough botulism toxin to kill 1,000 people found the shellfish somehow neutralized the enzyme, which is considered a potential bioterror agent. "Botulism activity was cut in half by the blood of the quahog," Dr. Bal Ram Singh told The Standard Times of New Bedford in Wednesday's editions. "So we think there is some sort of antidote in this...


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Corbicula fluminea
2013-10-11 11:17:31

Corbicula fluminea is a species of freshwater clam, an aquatic bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Corbiculidae. This species is originally from Asian origin, therefore it is often referred to as the Asian Clam or Asiatic Clam. Within the aquarium and koi pond trade it is frequently called the Golden Clam or Golden Freshwater Clam. Within southeast Asia its known as the Prosperity Clam or the Good Luck Clam. It has been introduced into many parts of the world such as North America...

Noble Pen Shell, Pinna Nobilis
2013-04-25 16:25:11

The Noble Pen Shell, Pinna Nobilis, is a species of large saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pinnidae. This bivalve shell can be as large as almost 3 feet in length, and the shape is somewhat variable. Like all pen shells, it is quite fragile. It attaches itself to rocks using a strong byssus made up of many silk like hairs. These are fibers that are secreted by the animal. Brilliant mother of pearl lines the inside of the shell. This species is native to...

Turkey Wing Ark Clam, Arca zebra
2013-04-16 21:32:14

Arca zebra, known also as the turkey wing ark clam, is a bivalve mollusk within the family Arcidae, the ark clams. This species can be found along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from North Carolina to the West Indies and Bermuda. It attaches itself to rocks or other hard substrates in shallow water with byssus threads. The shell of this species is boldly striped in brown and white which gives it the look of the wing off of a wild turkey. The whole shell has also been said...

Spondylus Varius
2013-04-16 19:08:59

Spondylus varius, a species of large saltwater clam, is a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Spondylidae, the thorny oysters. Spondylus varius reaches a maximum of about 15 to 20 centimeters. It lives at depths of up to 30 meters and, like most bivalves, is a filter feeder, utilizing plankton as a food source. This species can be seen in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, China, Australia, Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Image Caption: Live specimen of Spondylus varius, in...

Fragile File Clam, Limaria fragilis
2013-04-16 19:05:32

The Fragile File Clam, Limaria fragilis, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Limidae. It’s found in shallow waters in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is able to swim. This clam has a pair of hinged, thin, asymmetric white valves and a red mantle with a fringe of long and tapering pink and grey banded tentacles at its edge. Also around the margin of the mantle is a row of tiny eyespots that can detect light and shade, and might alert the animal of an approaching...

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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.