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[Research] The surprising merit of giant clam feces

Young giant clams get necessary symbiotic algae from the feces of their parents, updating the age-old adage: one clam’s trash is another clam’s treasure.

The giant clam Tridacna crocea and its fecal pellets

The giant clam Tridacna crocea and its fecal pellets

Researchers may have a solution, published in PLoS One, to a mystery of how giant clams found in healthy coral reefs acquire symbiotic algae from their environment; through the feces of their parents.

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Journal: PLOS ONE
Title: Study on expelled but viable zooxanthellae from giant clams, with an emphasis on their potential as subsequent symbiont sources
Authors: Shin-Ya Morishima, Hiroshi Yamashita, Shizuka O-hara, Yuji Nakamura, Vanessa ZhiQin Quek, Momo Yamauchi, Kazuhiko Koikehttps://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220141

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