Gold Tear Drop Squamosa

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  1. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    Just got another clam this AM. I noticed some macro algae on it so I scrubbed it off and placed the clam in my DT. Some of the red macro algae is still on the shell. Do you think hermits will eat the rest or that it would cause the clam or the DT any problems in the future? I don't want the macro algae irritating the clam or spreading throughout my tank.

    I'll get photos up later tonight when it opens and my lights are on.

    P.S. I just googled teardrop squamosa...only got maxima clams...hmmm I will post photos so others can properly ID.
     
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  3. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    Here are the photos. Sorry about the poor quality of them.

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  4. slocal

    slocal Torch Coral

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    great pattern on the squammy!
     
  5. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    Thank you. I am pretty sure it is a squamosa. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
     
  6. slocal

    slocal Torch Coral

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    Judging by the spacing of the scutes and how deep they are, it looks like one to me. Is the byssal opening narrow? The shell is usually symmetrical in length and height as well.
     
  7. horkn

    horkn Giant Squid

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    Yeah, it sure looks like a squammy to me as well.

    A very nice one at that.
     
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  9. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    The byssal area looks narrow to me. It was ordered as a squamosa as well, but we all know people do make mistakes.
     
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    slocal Torch Coral

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    It's a squammy.
     
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  11. iLLwiLL

    iLLwiLL Sailfin Tang

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    Never heard of a golden teardrop squamosa . . . but golden teardrop maximas are pretty common. I'll go out on a limb and say it might be a maxima. Is there any way to get pics of it with actinics off?

    ~Will.
     
  12. stylaster

    stylaster Gigas Clam

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    It is a maxima clam, look at the scutes, they aren't spaced out far enough for a squamosa, I have been raising clams for 20+ years and that is a maxima, usually coming out of vietnam with that coloration

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