Hatchery production of diploid and triploid clams, Tapes dorsatus (Lamarck 1818)

a potential new species for aquaculture

John A. Nell*, Wayne A. O'Connor, Rosalind E. Hand, Stuart P. McAdam

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To assess the potential for hatchery production of the venerid clam, Tapes dorsatus, diploid and triploid clams were produced and ongrown until the spat reached 5-8 mm in size. Triploidy percentages at metamorphosis that ranged from 56 to 85% were induced using a 15-min exposure to 1 mg/l cytochalasin B. No differences were observed in the growth rate of sibling diploid and triploid T. dorsatus larvae. Survival of diploid clams to pediveliger stage was however higher. Post-metamorphic growth and survival of diploid and triploid clams remained the same until the clams were removed from the hatchery to outdoor nurseries. Throughout the larval and early spat phases of production, T. dorsatus growth was similar to that reported for the Manila clam, Tapes philippinarum. Based upon its ease of culture, rapid growth and marketability, T. dorsatus are thought to have considerable aquaculture potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-394
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Growth - molluses
  • Larval and spat survival
  • Polyploidy
  • Tapes dorsatus

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