27 September 2008

Another new record from East Coast Park: a clam

Wong Hoong Wei has discovered yet another new record. It is Semele sinensis a white clam. This was from animals collected among debris at the high tide line near Bedok Jetty, East Coast Park! So we should really pay attention even to stuff that gets washed up on our reclaimed land!

From Wong Hoong Wei's article "According to historical records, only one member of the genus Semele has been recorded in Singapore". And this was from a specimen taken from Sentosa in 1981 at the time when it was still called Pulau Blakang Mati.

According to Greek mythology, Semele was seduced by Zeus and was the mother of Dionysus. More about this complicated affair on the wiki entry on Semele.

Read the article on the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research's Nature in Singapore website: "A new record of Semele sinensis A. Adams, 1853 (Bivalvia: Tellinoidea) in Singapore". H. W. Wong. Pp. 113-115. [PDF, 164 KB]

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