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Hippopus porcellanus   Rosewater, 1982

China clam
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Bivalvia | Veneroida | Tridacnidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Benthic.  Tropical; 23°C - 30°C (Ref. 102835); 13°N - 9°S, 109°E - 139°E (Ref. 106696)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Central Pacific: Restricted in the tropical western Pacific. From Sabah, Malaysia to Palau, north to Philippines and south to Indonesia.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 40.0 cm SHL male/unsexed; (Ref. 348); common length : 20.0 cm SHL male/unsexed; (Ref. 348)

Short description Morphology

Its shell is thinner and smoother than that of H. hippopus, usually devoid of pigmentation, and more semi-circular in profile. The mantle is similar to that of H. hippopus (Rosewater, 1982), except that prominent papillae line the margins of the incurrent siphon.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Collected for food and shell (Ref. 348). Found in shallow waters. Young specimens often byssally attached to coral heads, mature specimens lack a byssus and lay unattached on the substrate (Ref. 348). Broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into free-swimming trocophore larvae, succeeded by the bivalve veliger, resembling a miniature clam (Ref. 833).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into free-swimming trocophore larvae, succeeded by the bivalve veliger, resembling a miniature clam (Ref. 833).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Poutiers, J.M. 1998. (Ref. 348)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO(Aquaculture: production; | FisheriesWiki |

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References
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown