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Clam/oyster from West Papua


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#1 MrFish

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 02:07 AM

Can any of you guys help me correctly identify this guy?
Taken in the Raja Ampat islands of West Papua Indonesia
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:58 AM

Looks like a type of Spondylus, or Thorny oyster. Perhaps Spondylus squamosus. Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific states it "can be recognized by its grey mantle with black lines", and that "the shell has white spines with black markings on the inner side and basally". Its range includes PNG and Indonesia, so it's a possibility.
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#3 MrFish

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 02:15 AM

I'm not so sure it is. There are none of the lines on the mantle. However it does have the thorny protrusions.

In terms of size it was about 12 inches across.
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