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Giant Scaly Clam, Heron Island, Australia
Code Number:
AAMV01P04_03
Title:
Giant Scaly Clam, Heron Island, Australia
The mantle (soft tissue) within the shell is brightly coloured brown, blue and/or green. This is due to the microscopic algae known as zooxanthellae living inside the tissues which photosynthesise (manufacture food) from sunlight and the waste metabolic products of the clam.
Keywords:
Bivalvia, Invertebrate, Bivalve, Nature, Aquatic, Underwater, Animal, Animalia, Mollusca, Mollusc, mollusks, Invertebrate, Invertebrata, Fauna, Sea, Exoskeleton
Image by:
Robert J. Stoller M.D.

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