The impacts of climate change and global warming on marine ecosystems are fairly well-known, and studies have begin to look at synergistic effects of climate stressors on coral reefs. However, very little has been done to understand taxa-specific responses, and how they may potential counteract against climate change. There has been work progress in the research field for the giant clams, and I like to highlight some of the recently published work in the past 2 years…

1) Eckman et al. 2014. Observations on the hyposaliity tolerance of fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa, Lamarck 1819) larvae. Nature in Singapore 7: 111-116. [Open Access]


2)  Maboloc et al. 2014. Effects of reduced salinity on the heterotrophic feeding of the juvenile giant clam Tridacna gigas. Journal of Shellfish Research 33(2): 373-379.


3) Maboloc et al. Early view. Stress responses of zooxanthellae in juvenile Tridacna gigas (Bivalvia, Cardiidae) exposed to reduced salinity. Hydrobiologia.


4) Ip et al. 2015. Light induces changes in activities of NA+/K+-ATPase, H+/K+-ATPAse and glutamine synthetase in tissues involved directly or indirectly in light-enhanced calcification in the giant clam, Tridacna squamosa. Frontiers in Physiology. [Open Access]

5) Watson 2015. Giant clams and rising CO2: Light may ameliorate effects of ocean acidification on a solar-powered animal. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128405.

Congratulations to all the authors! 🙂