Species Factsheet

Ensis americanus


Complete name: Ensis americanus (Gould 1870)
Taxonomy: Mollusca » Mollusca » Bivalvia » Veneroida » Pharidae » Ensis americanus
Authors: Irina Ovcharenko, Sergej Olenin & Stephan Gollasch
Last updated: June 28th, 2007

Common Names

American jack knife clam (American razor-shell).


Ensis americanus
Ensis directus,
Ensis direktus (Conrad 1843)

Short Description

The red-brown bivalves (up to 16-17 cm in length) occur in muddy or fine sand, marine and brackish waters. It prefers the lower zone of the intertidal areas, where they burrow into the sediment and filter-feed on algae.