Bivalvia | Limoida
Poutiers, J.M. 1998. (Ref. 348)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 9.0 cm SHH male/unsexed; (Ref. 348); common length : 6.0 cm SHH male/unsexed; (Ref. 348)
Benthic; depth range 0 - 20 m (Ref. 348)
Climate / Range
Indo-Pacific: from East and South Africa, to eastern Polynesia; north to Japan and south to Australia.
Generally attached to rocks, the underside of stones or coral slabs, between tide marks and in subtidal waters. Unattached specimens can actively swim, with the long reddish pallial tentacles widely expanded beyond shell margins. Occurs at the mid-tide mark (Ref. 348). Members of the class Bivalvia are mostly gonochoric, some are protandric hermaphrodites. Life cycle: Embryos develop into free-swimming trocophore larvae, succeeded by the bivalve veliger, resembling a miniature clam (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)