tridacna mbalavuana

Devil Clam Discovered Living In New Caledonia

The Devil Clam is one of the most elusive and poorly known species of giant clams, mostly because of its limited natural distribution and its preference for deeper waters. Unlike most species of Tridacna and Hippopus which live in relatively shallow…

Take a good look at this scribbled pattern of this Tiger Devil Clam

It’s been a minute since we harped on our continued infatuation with the fascinating Devil Clam, so this weekend we swung by one of our favorite Southern California LFS to see a pattern of Tridacna mbalavuana we haven’t seen before. Ali…

Happy as a (devil) clam

The shell world. A fascinating paradigm filled with species both innocuous and psychedelic, attention grabbing and coy. This juxtaposition is carelessly expressed in multiple genera and types, even in our favourite Tridacna. Tridacna is best represented by the magnificent T. gigas, whose…

Face to face with the mythical Devil Clam, Tridacna mbalavuana

We’ve been writing about the devil clam, Tridacna mbalavuana (formerly T. tevoroa) for years, and even more so in the last couple months since Tonga loosened up its exports of giant clams. But finally, this week we had the chance to see a real…

Cool Tonga giant clams coming through Pacific Aqua Farms

After years of shipping out some really neat corals, the Kingdom of Tonga has finally moved forwards with permits for the export of wild, giant clams. Tonga is in the heart of giant clam biodiversity with at least eight of…

Devil Clam with psychedelic mantle pattern collected in Tonga

It’s been a very productive year for giant clam news with two new species recently described, and no sooner do we get to share the first good aquarium look at the devil giant clam, Tridacna mbalavuana, now we have another series of another…

Up close with the mythical Devil Clam, Tridacna mbalavuana

A Devil Clam has been collected in Tonga and is being offered to the aquarium hobby by Ecological Reef Farms Tonga for the first time ever. These pictures of Tridacna mbalavuana are the best, and closest look we’ve ever had of…

Tridacna tevoroa (T. mbalavuana) revealed up close in never before seen detail

Tridacna tevoroa is a very little known species of giant clam with a limited distribution centered around the Tonga Islands. The living specimens of the “Devil Clam” was described as Tridacna tevoroa but it was originally described as Tridacna mbalavuana from just…