Rare Devil Clam Discovery - First of its kind in Western Fiji

Wednesday October 1, 2008

While diving Magic Mushrooms a while ago, as part of a PADI Advanced Diver Course, we discovered a very strange Giant Clam.

At the next opportunity we took down a camera and included some photographs of the mystery clam with our regular Giant Clam Regeneration Project update to Fiji Fisheries Department.

We immediately received an excited reply from Aisake Batibasaga, Head of Fisheries Department, identifying the clam as the very rare Tridacna Terove, or Devil Clam. This species is endemic to the Fiji Islands, and until our find, was only found in the Lau and Lomaiviti Group (far to the east).

With our Devil Clam being the first recorded from the West of Fiji, the Fisheries Department are very interested in visiting Tokoriki again, and would love to start a breeding colony. Watch this space



Illustration of Red tooth triggerfish