[Coral-List] Mysterious Tridacna

lesk at bu.edu lesk at bu.edu
Mon Mar 26 14:53:16 EDT 2012

Just an hypothesis, Bill, but I've seen this in a couple of places where the culprits were known and/or witnessed by others; they were reportedly large primates.

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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.

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