Hard Shell

Mercenaria mercenariaOne of my favorite binomials is Mercenaria mercenaria, the hard-shelled clam that has numerous common names depending on its age/size: Littleneck, countneck, topneck, cherrystone. The oldest/largest are known as quahogs, a.k.a. chowder clams. The purple stain on the inside of the shell here is the famous wampum, which was used by native Americans as a ceremonial and trade good and then commodified by Westerners soon after they arrived on these shores.

UPDATE: In all the excitement, I forgot to mention that this  is my photo of a display at the American Museum of Natural History, in the hallway of shells.

This looks like a good site to know during the coming kleptocratic authoritarianism: Defend Democracy, https://www.defenddemocracy.us

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