Overview

Comprehensive Description

Summary

"Hippopus hippopus, commonly called Bear Paw Clam, is a giant marine bivalve mollusc found in the Andaman and Nicobar islands in India."
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Physical Description

Size

Length: 250-400 mm
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Systems
  • Marine
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General Habitat

Marine: Found in shallow water coral reefs.
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Depth range based on 7 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 5 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 2 - 8
  Temperature range (°C): 24.729 - 29.241
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.140 - 1.375
  Salinity (PPS): 33.706 - 35.509
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.447 - 4.883
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.071 - 0.389
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.174 - 3.608

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 2 - 8

Temperature range (°C): 24.729 - 29.241

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.140 - 1.375

Salinity (PPS): 33.706 - 35.509

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.447 - 4.883

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.071 - 0.389

Silicate (umol/l): 1.174 - 3.608
 
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Associations

"Host of the following ectoparasites: Anthessius amicalis Humes & Stock, 1965 Anthessius discipedatus Humes, 1976 Lichomolgus hippopi Humes, 1976 Lichomolgus tridacnae Humes, 1972"
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hippopus hippopus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LR/cd
Lower Risk/conservation dependent

Red List Criteria

Version
2.3

Year Assessed
1996
  • Needs updating

Assessor/s
Wells, S.

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Contributor/s

History
  • 1994
    Indeterminate
    (Groombridge 1994)
  • 1990
    Indeterminate
    (IUCN 1990)
  • 1988
    Indeterminate
    (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
  • 1986
    Indeterminate
    (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)
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"Red List Category & Criteria: Lower Risk/conservation dependent ver 2.3 Year Published: 1996 Annotations: Needs updating Assessor/s: Wells, S."
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Legislation

Listed in CITES: Yes. Appendix: II Listed in Wildlife (Protection) Act: Yes. Schedule: 1 Appendix: Part IV(B) Mollusca
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Uses

Human consumption and industrial applications.
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Wikipedia

Bear paw clam

The bear paw clam, also known as the horse's hoof clam or strawberry clam, Hippopus hippopus, is a species of large saltwater clam, a tropical marine bivalve mollusk in the family Tridacnidae, the giant clam family.

Distribution

This species is found in American Samoa, Australia, Fiji, Guam, possibly India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and possibly Thailand.

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