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The Maxima Clam, Tridacna maxima, is one of the most beautiful of the Tridacna clams. Maxima Clams usually show a variety of rich colors and patterns. These gorgeous colorings of its mantle arguably make it one of the most popular of the Tridacna clams. Vying for this honor is its close cousin, the Crocea Clam Tridacna Crocea. Though a bit smaller than the Maxima Clam the Crocea Clam is another highly colored, beautiful, and favored giant clam.
Colors of the Maxima include combinations of blue, brown, green, gray, purple and yellow. Patterns can be stripes, blotches, or spots. More so than in other Tridacna clams, there are usually larger areas of a solid color in the Maxima. Solid blue Maxima Clams have been found in the Red Sea. A markling often seen on he Maxima Clam is a prominent row of black pigmented eye spots along the edge of the mantle. But though these markings are common, they shouldn't always be expected.
Being one of the most readily recognized of the giant clams in the aquarium industry, the Maxima has been dubbed by some enthusiasts as the "Holy Grail of Reef Aquariums". Besides Maxima Clam, other names the Maxima is known by are the Great Clam, Rugose Clam and Small Giant Clam. With some specimens being intensely colored and strongly patterned, you will also find references to them in the aquarium industry under a variety of descriptive names such names as Ultra Maxima Clam, Wild Ultra Blue Maxima, Blue Maxima, Golden Maxima, Teardrop Maxima, and Zebra Maxima.
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