cool-critters: Boring clam (Tridacna crocea) The boring clam is…


Boring clam (Tridacna crocea)

The boring clam is a species of bivalve in the family Cardiidae. It is native to the Indo-Pacific region. The boring clam is the smallest clam in the subfamily Tridacninae and grows to a maximum shell size of 15 cm.
It has two, thick valves joined together by a hinge which is typically
between a third and less than a half of the width of the shell. The mantle,
the soft body wall which covers the animal’s internal organs, projects
from between the valves when they are open and is brightly coloured. It
can be various shades of blue, green, purple, gold, orange or brown,
often patterned with spots, stripes or squiggles. The boring clam is native to the Indo-Pacific. Its typical habitat is embedded in massive corals.

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