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Chocolate Clam (Megapitaria Squalida)

Description: Bivalve mollusk with a thick, smooth porcelain shell, triangular in shape, elongated. Shell color varied: light brown or cream or ornamented with concentric zig-zag lines and dark brown radial lines. The inside of the shell is white with a light purplish tint.  
Observations: When the clam is found in bottoms dominated by silt, it takes on a black color, which disappears when kept in clean water.
Its length varies from 80 mm to 110 mm 
Average weight: 150 to  380 gr complete organism    
Meat weight: 30 to 85 gr. 

This product is handled live, packed in foam boxes containing 8 dozen and weighing approximately 20 kg per box. 
Once received at the sales location, the product must be carefully unpacked to avoid damage due to breakage. It is recommended to store it in a cool humid place (approx. 15°C to 18°C). 

Avoid freezing and/or store it at temperatures below 14°C or above 20°C. Preferably use a thick, damp blanket or any fabric that does not shed fibers to cover the product to avoid contact with air currents that could dehydrate it. 
In the case of seawater storage in a tank, it must comply with the following parameters. 
Dissolved oxygen: 4 to 5 ppm 
Temperature: 16°C to 18°C 
Salinity: 3.2 to 3.4% 
pH: 7.9 to 8.2 
Ammonium: ≤ 0.5 ppm

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