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  1. Marta, this photo is ridiculous. This thing does not exist. It can't be real. Posted one year ago
    1. Hahaha! Mark and I were discussing it would make a great frame in a wall because it looks very colorful and abstract :-) Posted one year ago
  2. someone was heavy on LSD when he made this creature... Posted one year ago
    1. Hahaaha! yes, many things in the underwater world are very surreal! :-D Posted one year ago
  3. I agree with the above! The only thing I can add is: WHOA! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Christine! I take you like it! :-) Posted one year ago
      1. Lol, yes!! Love it! Posted one year ago
  4. Wonderful, creature and great photograph. Posted one year ago
    1. Many thanks! Posted one year ago
  5. Today's Facebook post:

    What is it?! A Fluted Giant Clam (Tridacna squamosa)! It's native to the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. And it is a fairly giant-sized clam, as its name implies: it grows to 40 cm (16 in) across! Algae (zooxanthellae) live in the clam's mantle tissue and provide most of the clam's nutrition. The clam's wavy shell opening faces towards the sunlight and it spreads out its mantle tissue so that the algae receive the sunlight they need in order to photosynthesize. This relationship is a great example of symbiosis. {Spotted in Indonesia by JungleDragon moderator, Patomarazul} #JungleDragon #Flutedgiantclam #Tridacnasquamosa

    Check out more of Marta's photos here and be amazed by the diversity she captures on land and in the ocean: https://www.jungledragon.com/user/2298/popular

    Posted one year ago
    1. Like I said in FB it could not be any better explained. This is a very nice abstract for this species. Many thanks, Christine! :-) Posted one year ago
      1. You're welcome, Marta! In your dives, do you find these to be somewhat common? I read that they are dependent on conservation efforts. Some websites state that they are common, while others go as far as to say they are endangered. Just curious if you see them commonly? Posted one year ago
        1. I think they are "locally"common. I have seen them in many of my dives in the Indo-Pacific Ocean but they were only common in some dive sites. In some places there is more of the species of smaller size. Maybe they used to be a lot more abundant so in places where we now see one every 10 m before there was I don't know 20? just to imagine an example. I remember seeing many in the area of Krabi in Thailand and also in Lankayan in the North of Borneo. I guess like everything else in the sea world they are endagered by overfishing techniques and pollution. I hope they will be resilient enough to stand human activity! Posted one year ago
          1. Makes sense. It sounds like as long as they aren't overfished or killed off by pollution, then the populations appear to be relatively stable. Posted one year ago
            1. Hopefully! it will depend also on the healthiness of the coral reef to which they are associated as well, in special for the encrusting ones...fingers crossed for them! Posted one year ago
              1. Yep!! Posted one year ago
  6. Love it but I am confused. Posted one year ago

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''Tridacna squamosa'', known commonly as the fluted giant clam and scaly clam, is one of a number of large clam species native to the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Similar species: Veneroida
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Jan 15, 2021. Captured Nov 7, 2019 08:32 in Unnamed Road, Kobe, Weda Tengah, Kabupaten Halmahera Tengah, Maluku Utara, Indonesia.
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