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Our iconic giant clams face new threats from warmer waters and acidic oceans – let’s buy them time

Think of the inhabitants of a coral reef, and chances are you’ll think of a giant clam, the largest aquatic mollusc on Earth at up to 250 kilograms and a metre long.

But despite its size and fame, the giant clam (Tridacna gigas) is in trouble.

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The tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific keep getting hotter due to climate change, and their shells and flesh are …

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