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The bivalves

Photo: RBINS

Museum of Natural Sciences (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences)

Museum of Natural Sciences (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences)

Mussels, scallops, razor shells, clams, oysters, and more: bivalves, as their name indicates, are molluscs whose shells are composed of two valves. They live underwater and, as you will see, they come in a wide range of colours, patterns, shapes and sizes.
Don’t forget to have a look at our giant bivalves like the fan mussel (Pinna nobilis, display 34, no. 26), the very long Kuphus polythalamia(display 35, no. 111) and the record beater – for size and weight– the giant clam (Tridacna gigas). The biggest giant clam is too large and heavy for the display cases in the hall, and can be found with the corals opposite the aquarium.

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  • Title: The bivalves
  • Creator: Photo: RBINS
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