Mystery Shell



This was pick up at Mabibi, South Africa.


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  • The small shell looks like a badly worn 'tridacna' (those very large
    bivalves.) There are a few choices for names. The very long one is a 'watering pot shell' which also is a bivalve, but the original pair of shells are very small, incorporated into the base of the shell. Most of the shell would be buried while alive. Again there a few genera/species; someone will probably come up with the right one. ...Allen A.

  • looks very much like a worn shall of a giant clam (genus Tridacna), and the shape looks closest to T. derasa, found in southeast Asia and Indonesia usually. Not sure of any clams of that genus found in Africa, but possibly a fossil species? Batt R.


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