seen? Like shiny scales, this animal is commonly seen in
groups of a few individuals on leaves, trunks and roots of mangrove
trees. It usually settles at a height between the high spring and
high neap tide.
about 3cm. The two-part shell is thin and lustrous.
Usually oval, sometimes irregular. Colours range from beige, purplish
to blackish. One
valve is stuck to a hard surface (leaves,
tree trunk, roots)
and this valve is usually flat. The other valve is usually slightly
conical in shape.
Lim Chu Kang,
valve that is stuck to the hard surface has a notch or hole
in it. The animal secretes byssus threads through the hole to
stick to the hard surface.
Sometimes called the tree-climbing clam, the young animal is more mobile and can
move around by using its extendible foot. A young animal is
relatively broader than a more mature animal.
jingle clams on Singapore shores