[Coral-List] mysterious Tridacna mortality

Bill Allison allison.billiam at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 08:44:39 EDT 2012

I am finding unusual numbers of T. maxima and T. crocea shells lying loose
on the reef of a resort under construction.
The shell are still hinged, there is no shell breakage or obvious scrape
marks and their interiors are clean (no epibiota). I suspect human agency
because the usual suspects are here in unusual numbers and I have not
observed this in other instances when only the natural predators such as
titan triggerfish are present.
Suggestions welcome.

"... the earth is, always has been, and always will be more beautiful than
it is useful."
William Ophuls, 1977. The Politics of Scarcity

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