Tridacnids, a Gallery from the Red Sea, Part 2

Richard AspinallBy Richard Aspinall 2 months agoNo Comments

This is the second part of the gallery of my favorite tridacnids from the Red Sea.  As you can imagine I’ve picked the best, so this collection isn’t exhaustive. I have ignored quite a few of the small brown ones, and have instead selected ones that particularly stood out as I finned past.  I hope you enjoy part two!

I love these three small specimens. Of course it looks interesting to us, but I imagine these animals are in a life and death struggle for space and light. Which one will win out?

This is quite a restrained animal in terms of color. The attractive Acropora at top right helps illustrate the clam’s size.

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One of my favorites, but also a very shy specimen. I waited for ages, hoping I could stay close for a shot and it would open its mantle more, but alas this was the best I could do.

So many aquarists rest their clams on the substrate, but in nature they are often deeply embedded in coral.

If I had to suggest a clam that best represented the entire collection, I would pick this one, the closest I could find to an ‘average Red Sea tridacnid.’

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  Invertebrates, Photography
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Richard lives in Scotland where he works as a freelance writer and photographer. Richard writes for several magazines on topics as diverse as scuba diving, travel and wildlife.

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