Hippopus hippopus (Linnaeus, 1758)

A shipment of approximately 35 tons of corals, sponges and molluscs that are unauthorized for import to Israel were captured by rangers of the Israel Nature and Park Authority. The shipment included specimens of Hippopus hippopus (Linnaeus, 1758), a bivalve species found in the Indo-Pacific ocean, but not in the Red Sea. The species belongs to the Cardiidae family and is a close relative of the giant clam Tridacna. Hippopus lives on a sandy substrate in coral reef waters. Adults are unattached, but young specimens are found byssally attached to corals. Giant clams are an important food source and substrate for reef-associated marine organisms. Unfortunately, their populations have declined massively due to anthropogenic and environmental factors and they are considered to be endangered in many areas.

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