(Underwater). From a mud grab in Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 01/16/07. © Peter J. Bryant.

Pacific Littleneck

Leukoma staminea (Previously Protothaca staminea)

Pelecypodia: Veneridae

Thanks to Paul Valentich-Scott, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, for identification

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(Underwater). From a mud grab in Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 01/16/07. © Peter J. Bryant.

(Underwater). From a mud grab in Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 01/16/07. © Peter J. Bryant.

(Underwater). From a mud grab in Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 01/16/07. © Peter J. Bryant.

(Underwater). From a mud grab in Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 01/16/07. © Peter J. Bryant.

(Underwater). From a mud grab in Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 01/16/07. © Peter J. Bryant.

Incurrent and excurrent siphons (underwater). From a mud grab in Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 01/16/07. © Peter J. Bryant.

Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 04/14/07. © Peter J. Bryant.

Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 11/10/07. © Peter J. Bryant.

~2cm shell width. From a mud grab off Shellmaker Island, Upper Newport Bay,
Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 1/12/08. © Peter J. Bryant.

 

Background is 1/4 inch squares. Lower Newport Bay, Orange County, CA. 2/10/12. © Peter J. Bryant.

Background is 1/4 inch squares. Lower Newport Bay, Orange County, CA. 2/10/12 (same individual as on left). © Peter J. Bryant.

Background is 1/4 inch squares. Lower Newport Bay, Orange County, CA. 2/10/12. © Peter J. Bryant.

Background is 1/4 inch squares. Lower Newport Bay, Orange County, CA. 2/10/12 (same individual as on left). © Peter J. Bryant.
Distribution in Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA. 2012. Large circles, >5/cu.ft.; small circles, <5/cu.ft.; Small square: juveniles, <5/cu.ft.