Hybrid Clam

Discussion in 'Clams' started by Va Reef, Dec 14, 2013.

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  1. Va Reef

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    I've heard of hybrid clams, but have never seen any proof of it. I only see crocea as well. As Coralline mentioned, they must have done some genetic testing. However, a squammie x crocea seems kind of odd...
     
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    I'm sort of skeptical. Seems like reef breeders was just taking the facilities word on it. I know a clam guy that is certain its only a marketing ploy like the Max-ea 'hybrid' clams a year or two ago.
     
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    Oh wow, that is interesting. Might just have been a "breeding mistake" if you know what i mean ;) But it looks very nice though. I have heard of hybrid clams before too actually, some here in Denmark actually breed native clam hybrids, to kind of compliment eachothers benefits, because they are trying to reestablish the amount of clams in the seas around here. But this is fascinating. Captive breeding can do some pretty cool things, haha :)
     
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    I looked at the picture and thought it was a crocea. APPARENTLY Squamie shows through in the shell.

    The Maxeas looked pretty cool and IMO were a little more distinguishable than squameas.

    If it were a sight other than LA/DD I'd be much more skeptical. I still am, as genetic testing for one clam would be thousands of dollars (some article on maxeas).
    Ah the things people will do for money.
     
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    I never saw an article where they tested the "max-ea" clams. Honestly I think a mariculture facility just got a couple of cool morphs durring the chop and prop routine of breeding. I mean, what else do you do with a cool morph but hype it up like blue squammies. At one point in the last couple years I bet there were 12 in the US max, and people were paying 400-800 dollars. In Australia, 1 out of ten farmed squamosa clams presented that color. Now we get something a little different, but they are far more reasonable in cost. I almost got one of the diver den clams.
     
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    The article did not talk about actually testing them, just how unreasonable it would be to test due to cost.

    I'm not saying these are hybrids or anything special. To me they just look like a blue squamie and cost about the same. Worst case scenario you could just say it was one lol.

    When the blue squammies first became popular they were 399.99 each on LA/DD, now they go for 179.99 each. I still think maximas produce much more attractive colors and are hardier than squamies/croceas, not to mention cheaper than those morphs.
     
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    Like Alex inferred these are probably maricultured. It's my understanding that some individual just noticed the mantle of a Crocea and the shell of a Squamosa so they tested it. Since clams are broadcast spawners it seems reasonable to me that some cross fertilization would occur.