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The surprising merit of giant clam feces

The surprising merit of giant clam feces

Young giant clams get necessary symbiotic algae from the feces of their parents, updating the age-old adage: one clam’s trash is another clam’s treasure.   A HU student swims alongside the giant clam Tridacna gigas. Credit: Kazuhiko Koike/ Hiroshima University Researchers may have a solution, published in PLOS One, to a mystery of how giant clams found in healthy coral reefs acquire symbiotic algae from their environment; through the feces of their parents. Coral reefs are a hotspot of biodiversity, hosting numerous species of animals and fish that help one another maintain a harmonious environment. One of these species is the giant clam. They are the biggest shellfish in the world,… Read more