what is this white fuzzy stuff

Discussion in 'Clams' started by bjc541, Jun 3, 2011.

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  1. grinder37

    grinder37 Whip-Lash Squid

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    looks like sponge?
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
  4. bjc541

    bjc541 Fire Shrimp

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    Byssal threads??? What does this mean
     
  5. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    They are produced by the clam as a means of attaching to a substrate, like a rock.
     
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  6. Magnett2

    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    "Byssal, or byssus threads are strong, silky fibers made from proteins that are used by mussels and other bivalves to attach to rocks, pilings, or other substrates. These animals produce their byssal threads using a byssus gland, located within the organism's foot. Mollusks can move slowly by extending a byssal thread, using it as an anchor and then shortening it."
     
  7. bjc541

    bjc541 Fire Shrimp

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    I have really noticed it rocking lately
     
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  9. Magnett2

    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    How Long have you had the clam?
     
  10. bjc541

    bjc541 Fire Shrimp

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    Um couple months
     
  11. bjc541

    bjc541 Fire Shrimp

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    So I guess all good
     
  12. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep, it's good. Clams will appear to be rocking when they are moving their foot or lying down more byssal threads.