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Giant Clam (Tridacna Gigas)

This is found in the Indian and Pacific oceans and is the world's largest bivalve, the largest measuring over a metre in diameter and weighing several hundred kilograms.

The central abductor muscle meat is boiled and then dried and used in soups and stews. The edge of the muscle can be used for stir-fries etc.

A smaller relation, 'Tridacna Elongata' is found around Thailand.

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