There’s a lot going on in the realm of our favorite reef bivalves, from the newly arrived Red Sea cultured clams, to the revision of Indian Ocean species, and now we even have a new book. Giant Clams in the Reef Aquarium: Biology, Identification, and Care is a new volume by James Fatheree, author of the previous must-have book on giant clams.
So much has happened since the 2006 publication of James’s first book on giant clams:
- Teardrop clams became their own species
- Ningaloo clams were also elevated to species status and then reneged
- Devil clams entered the hobby in tiny numbers
- we visited the world famous hatchery in Palau
- and saw Porcellanus for the first time,
- HYBRID clams were proven again and again,
- East Africa got its own endemic species, Tridacna elongatissima
- and most recently captive bred gigas clams reentered the aquarium hobby.
It goes without saying that we’ve learned a lot and numerous research papers have shed more light on these photosynthetic molluscs that Giant Clams in the Reef Aquarium is a long overdue publication. The new book is available on Amazon for $33.99 and covers the different species, care, identification, some maladies, and generally contains everything that an aficionado or a caretaker of giant clams might need to know.