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Phylum Mollusca > Class Bivalvia > Family Malleidae
Forked venus clam
Gafrarium divaricatum*
Family Veneridae
updated May 2020
Where seen? This clam can be quite common on some shores, among coral rubble or hidden under stones near the low water mark. Elsewhere, they are found on intertidal shores with coarse sand and gravel.

About 4-6cm. Shell circular with a slight pointed tip, thick and heavy with fine ribs parallel to the shell edge, that spray out or 'fork' into two separate directions from the pointed base. Colour white usually with a pattern of thin dark lines perpendicular to the shell edges.

Pulau Sekudu, Mar 07

East Coast, Aug 09

Pulau Ubin, May 08

Forked venus clams on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pasir Ris Park, Oct 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Berlayar Creek, Oct 17
Photo shared by Abel Yeo on facebook.

With grateful thanks to Ande Sartori from eBivalvia on EOL's Life Desk for identifying this clam.



  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
  • Tan, K. S. & L. M. Chou, 2000. A Guide to the Common Seashells of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 160 pp.
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