[Coral-List] mysterious Tridacna mortality

Verena Wiesbauer Ali marinebiology.verena at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 15:00:08 EDT 2012

Dear Bill,

Where is this mysterious Tridacna mortality happening? Maybe the construction workers are eating them? 

> Verena Wiesbauer Ali, M.Sc.
> Marine Biologist / Zoologist
> Reef restoration & rehabilitation
> EIA Consultant: EIA 18/11
> <°))))><

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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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