Razor clam

Mollusca – Bivalvia


The shells of these large triangular bivalves have a razor-sharp edge that protrudes just above the shallow sand or seagrass beds, posing a hazard to bare feet. Razor clams anchor themselves in the sand by attaching their byssal threads (or beard) to buried stones.  Their relatively fragile shells are then protected, and the clams are still able to draw in water for their oxygen and food requirements.

Did you know?

Razor clams (also known as razor fish, razor shells, pen shells and fan shells) are eaten in some parts of the world.