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These clams are found on sandy bottoms in shallow water, and may be collected by digging at low tide. Large individuals are obtainable at Barnstable, Mass. The sexes are separate, but are similar in appearance.
Ripe animals can be secured at least throughout the summer months (Schechter, 1941). They have been collected off the New Jersey coast as late as December (Heilbrunn, personal communication), and Allen (1953) reports that eggs are obtainable from animals collected in New Jersey waters at any time from early spring until late autumn. In the Woods Hole region, Allen (1953) describes the season as beginning late in May and extending into September.