Coquina Donax spp.

Coquina Donax spp.

Coquina clams can be found from Virginia to Florida, and as far west as Texas. Within this range several species occur, both subtidally and intertidally. The most common species is the variable coquina (Donax variabilis) which may grow 0.75-1" in length and occurs in a variety of colors and patterns. Coquina are a common species on most Florida beaches and represent an important food source for shorebirds and other beach dwelling animals.


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