Mollusc Shell - Tridacna gigas (Giant clam) ; 82/22/606


Te Manawa


Mollusc Shell - Tridacna gigas (Giant clam)

About this object

This mollusc shell is a Tridacna gigas (Giant clam) and is part of Tridacnacea superfamily. It is complete speciman with both valves being collected and eventually donated to Te Manawa.

Subject and Association Description

This shell collection comes from Mrs May Third (1913 - 1982), a Shannon shell collector. She collected shells all her married life, including swapping some with a penfriend


Collection of Te Manawa Museums Trust

Credit Line

Donated by Miss Third, J.E.

Object Type

Mollusc Shell

Object number


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Jeffrey Firestone 23 Dec 2013 06:32 AM,UTC

I am trying to prove if a pearl found in the T. Gigas is really a pearl ir shell material carved out. How thick can the white calcium carbonite be? Who can help me with this question?

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