Gooey Duck?

Why is the Gooey Duck called a duck. Is it because is related in some way to ducks or is it just a way to call it. As far as I know is a clam and not a duck.

asked by Rupert in Other - Pets & Animals | 2196 views | 08-09-2009 at 10:46 PM

The "gooey duck", Panopea abrupta, is a species of very large saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Hiatellidae.

The shell of this clam is large, about 15 to over 20 cm in length (about 7 to 9 inches), but the extremely long siphons make the clam itself very much longer than this: the "neck" or siphons alone can be one meter in length.


The unusual name of the clam is derived from a Lushootseed word gʷídəq meaning "dig deep", and its phonemically counterintuitive spelling is likely the result of poor transcription rather than anything having to do with ducks. Alternate spellings include gweduc, gweduck and goiduck.

answered by Macy | 08-09-2009 at 10:49 PM

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