Giant Clam Facts and Information

Taxonomy [Tridacna gigas] [Phylum: Mollusca] [Class: Bivalvia] [Family: Heterodonta]

Giant Clams are the largest living species of bivalve mollusks with a typical lifespan of 100 years but they continue to be under threat of extinction.

Perhaps one of the reasons for this fact is they are eaten in huge numbers in some countries.

The heaviest brightly coloured clams weigh more than 200 kg and measure over one meter across.

Scientific research suggests that giant cam shells contain large quantities of zinc which helps to produce testosterone.

They thrive best in Indo-Pacific regions mainly found in fringing reefs and lagoons.

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