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vai6921
10/27/2016, 06:38 PM
Hi all, I've had this clam ever since it was tiny about 2 inches. It's been many years now and I don't recall what type of clam it was.

Can someone please help ID it?

Thanks in advance!

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fijisrfr
10/27/2016, 07:24 PM
Maxima


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vai6921
10/27/2016, 11:12 PM
Thanks so much. I felt bad I didn't know what it was and I've had it for so long lol


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smokinreefer
10/27/2016, 11:52 PM
looks like a squamosa to me.

Reefer40b
10/27/2016, 11:56 PM
Watch the BRS TV video from MACNA talking about clams, may help you out.

vai6921
10/28/2016, 09:04 AM
Thanks guys, I'll take a look and hopefully be able to ID it


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rgulrich
10/28/2016, 02:59 PM
Looks a lot like a Vietnamese squamosa like I used to have...dashed pattern on the mantle.

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fijisrfr
10/28/2016, 05:26 PM
Check the shell guys


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rgulrich
10/30/2016, 06:35 PM
Yep, please do check out the shell. That's a beauty you have there, no matter what species (or hybrid) it turns out to be, and a huge one, to boot!:eek1:

Here's a little more identification help:
Hippopus hippopus 15.75 " - 17.72 " (40cm - 45cm)
Hippopus porcellanus up to 15.74 (40 cm) http://www.sealifebase.fisheries.ubc.ca/summary/Hippopus-porcellanus.html
Tridacna costata up to 15.74 (40 cm) (extremely endangered)
Tridacna crocea 7.87 " - 9.84 " (20cm - 25cm)
Tridacna derasa 15.75 " - 23.62 " (40cm - 60cm)
Tridacna gigas 39.37 " - 51.18 " (100cm - 130cm)
Tridacna maxima up to 11.8 (30 cm)
Tridacna mbalavuana up to 19.68 (up to 50 cm) (Syn: Tridacna tevoroa)
Tridacna noae up to 11.8 (30 cm)
Tridacna squamosa 13.78 " - 15.75 " (35cm - 40cm)

https://cites.unia.es/file.php/1/trainers/E-GC%20Briefcase-20.ppt
A pretty light version of identifying clams from CITES. Some of the photographs I'd question if they were accurate portrayals, but it is what it is. The information on the shell scutes may be helpful to determine the dominant species if it's a hybrid.

Here's a shot of my old Viet Squamosa when it started out
http://i451.photobucket.com/albums/qq239/rgulrich_photobucket/Ellicott%20City%20Reef%202008-present/Feb090003.jpg (http://s451.photobucket.com/user/rgulrich_photobucket/media/Ellicott%20City%20Reef%202008-present/Feb090003.jpg.html)

and another shot a few years later next to a tear drop maxima - the Foxface was full grown, about 8" at the time.
http://i451.photobucket.com/albums/qq239/rgulrich_photobucket/Ellicott%20City%20Reef%202008-present/2011_V_Squamosa_TD_%20Maxima.jpg (http://s451.photobucket.com/user/rgulrich_photobucket/media/Ellicott%20City%20Reef%202008-present/2011_V_Squamosa_TD_%20Maxima.jpg.html)

Take a few more pictures and post them, though - I'd never get tired of looking at a nice specimen like that!:cool:

Cheers,
Ray

vai6921
10/31/2016, 03:21 PM
Thanks so much Ray! I'm going read up on the links tonight. I'll try to take better pictures but it's so hard to get the shell pictures because the mantle covers most of it. I'll shut off the pumps and try to snap a good top down pic.


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smokinreefer
10/31/2016, 08:04 PM
if you cant inspect the shell, try taking and posting a pic more from the top, showing the complete mantle.

to be honest, most of us clam fanatics can tell species just by mantle patterns.

vai6921
10/31/2016, 10:24 PM
Ok so I realized that I'm terrible at taking pictures...here are some pics


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vai6921
10/31/2016, 10:24 PM
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vai6921
10/31/2016, 10:26 PM
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rgulrich
11/01/2016, 06:56 AM
That. Is. A. Beaut! (And a beast...!)
Congrats on having raised one heck of a showpiece - whatever you've been doing, keep it up.
Could you get a pic or two with only daylight/white lighting by any chance? I'm curious as to the background color of the mantle.
And you've a couple pics there that would make a great poster or somesuch, too.
Thanks!

Cheers,
Ray

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vai6921
11/01/2016, 08:52 PM
Thank you for the kind words. I tried to snap some pics today with the kessil turned to white but it's still bluish when I take a picture.


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vai6921
11/01/2016, 08:53 PM
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toshiba
11/01/2016, 10:42 PM
That's 150% a squamosa.

rgulrich
11/02/2016, 02:49 AM
Yep. That last photo is a great shot, too! Really shows off its colors and pattern well. Nice!

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smokinreefer
11/02/2016, 03:29 PM
That's 150% a squamosa.

+1

great pics.

vai6921
11/02/2016, 06:44 PM
Wow guys, thank you so much for the kind words. Guess I must be doing something right if the clam is as good as you guys make it out to be.


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rgulrich
11/03/2016, 03:10 AM
Yes you are - the clam appears quite "happy" and healthy, color is great, mantle extension likewise.
Keep it up, whatever you're doing.
Cheers,
Ray

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boshk
11/03/2016, 06:59 AM
Amazing photos and your achievement.

How much light do you give it daily?
Something that big, it must consume a lot of your calcium right?

vai6921
11/05/2016, 10:40 AM
Actually I don't dose anything to the tank. Once in a while I drop in Fuel by Seachem. Like once every 6 months...I honestly don't touch the tank at all except top of the ato every 4 days. It gets about 12 hours of 100% kessil 360 on this white setting.


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