AnAge entry for Mercenaria mercenaria

Classification (HAGRID: 04647)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Mollusca
        Class: Bivalvia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Veneroida
                Family: Veneridae
                    Genus: Mercenaria
Species
Mercenaria mercenaria
Common name
Northern quahog

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
106 years (wild)
Source
ref. 1307
Sample size
Small
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

These animals have been found to live up to 106.0 years [1307].

This species exhibits an accumulation of fluorescent age pigments. This accumulation happens at a faster rate in the first two years of life, but it stops entirely between the ages of 2 and 4. Age related decrease in HSP60 expression and in catalase activity has been also observed. Furthermore, older clams have been shown to have higher levels of expression of HSP70 and lower levels of expression of HSP90 [1379].

Life history traits (averages)

No information is available on life history. Please contact us if you wish to suggest or contribute data.

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

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