17 Jul '11, 6pm

The “Great Oyster From Singapore” (Tridacna gigas) at the International Fisheries Exhibition…

The “Great Oyster From Singapore” (Tridacna gigas) at the International Fisheries Exhibition…

Did Tridacna gigas Linnaeus, 1758 ever occur in Singapore? It is the largest in the family Tridacnidae, reaching to one and a half metres. Singapore is home to four other species of giant clams. According to Tan & Woo, 2010 [A Preliminary Checklist of the Molluscs of Singapore], the giant clam species in our waters are : Hippopus hippopus (Linnaeus, 1758) (bear paw or horse’s hoof clam), Tridacna crocea Lamarck, 1819 (the burrowing giant clam), Tridacna maxima (Röding, 1798) (the small giant clam) and Tridacna squamosa Lamarck, 1819 (the fluted giant clam) (Species links are to WildSingapore Fact Sheets.) So I was tickled to see this photo last week from the University of Washington Libraries’ Freshwater and Marine Image Bank which features images scanned by the staff of the Fisheries-Oceanography Library. Click for the larger image This image was from page 232 of Whymper,...

Full article: http://otterman.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/the-great-oyster...

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