Thanks to Kok Sheng’s photo contribution, we now have better evidence of previous exploitation of giant clams in Singapore. In this Singapore Biodiversity Record, we showcased a ‘rare’ accumulation of at least 15 pairs of fluted giant clams (Tridacna squamosa) off Semakau Landfill. To add on, these individuals are large and thus represent a substantial stock of mature clams (or what it used to be!).
Due to its high tissue mass, giant clams were highly sought after as a source of food by the early coastal people. There have been several anecdotes that mention this exploitation in Singapore, but not with such evidence of accumulation of shells. You can find out more about early exploitation of giant clams in this article with further readings.
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