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dc.contributor.authorFernandez, Jayvee
dc.identifier.citationFernandez, J. (2017, April 23). Meet the giant clam, the building block of our oceans. Manila Bulletin, pp. 16, 17.en
dc.publisherManila Bulletin Publishing Corporationen
dc.subjectMarine molluscsen
dc.subjectNature conservationen
dc.subjectCoral reef conservationen
dc.subjectNursery groundsen
dc.titleMeet the giant clam, the building block of our oceansen
dc.citation.journalTitleManila Bulletinen
local.seafdecaqd.extractMeet the giant clam, more commonly known as “Taklobo.” Native to the waters of the Philippines and in other parts of the Pacific and Indian Ocean, these clams bear the weight of helping cultivate life in our coral reefs. They are custodians of the reef: They provide food as well as lodging to fish. Because they are filter feeders, they also clean the reef. There are eight species of giant clam in the Philippines, but the largest and most recognizable of the mollusks is the Tridacna gigas. Because of its size, Tridacna gigas has served as the poster boy of many conservation efforts–the two large shells with four to five ridges forming a rather compressed sin wave pattern are rather iconic as they’ve been overused in cartoon tropes as thrones for the mermaid king, safety deposit boxes for giant pearls and giant terrors that trap divers, consuming them slowly with their clammy gastric juices.en
local.subject.personalNameGomez, Edgardo
local.subject.personalNameConaco, Cecilia
local.subject.personalNameCabaitan, Patrick
local.subject.corporateNameUniversity of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI)en
local.subject.scientificNameTridacna gigasen

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