Clam mantle Turtle Reef MG_6627Add to Cart Add to Lightbox
The colourful mantle of a gian clam on display at Turtle Reef on the Kimberley coast. The clams display an astonishing variety of colours in their mantles. The creature's mantle tissues act as a habitat for the symbiotic single-celled dinoflagellate algae (zooxanthellae) from which it gets nutrition. By day, the clam opens its shell and extends its mantle tissue so that the algae receive the sunlight they need to photosynthesize.
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- © Annabelle Sandes | Kimberley Media 2010
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- Contained in galleries
- Kimberley Reefs, Turtle Reef - Talbot Bay, Kimberley Marine Life