Aquatic Tridacna gigas (Giant Clam)

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Scientific Name: Tridacna gigas

Common Name: Giant Clam

Order: Eulamellibranchia

Family: Tridacnidae

Other Names: Many regional names.

Distribution: South Pacific and Indian oceans.

Habitat: Coral reefs.

Identifying Feature: Largest bivalve living, to 120cm and 225kg

Field Notes: Easily visible a boat in clear calm conditions sitting with
hing down and slightly open. Flesh has embedded symbiotic algae (zooanthella).

Fishing: Edible.
ICUN lists this species as vulnerable and is protected under CITES
Traditional food source for coastal aboriginal people where they are found.
Some attempts have been made to farm this species.

Sources: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_clam

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