Meredith C. Swartwout, Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences
The Giant Clam (Tridacna gigas) is the largest recorded bivalve species. These massive invertebrates can weigh over 400 lbs when alive. They exist in South Pacific oceans and are a rare and exciting find for divers. This species of clam may also be one of the most threatened clam species and it is vulnerable to overharvesting by people as well as changes in the ocean’s chemistry and temperature .
University of Arkansas Museum
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giant clam, bivalve, invertebrates, conservation, ecosystem, marine animal, zoology