Fragum hemicardium (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pacific half cockle
Fragum hemicardium
photo by FAO

Family:  Cardiidae (cockles)
Max. size:  5.5 cm SHH (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: from East Africa to Polynesia; north to the Philippines and southern China, and south to Queensland and New Caledonia.
Biology:  Sometimes abundant in intertidal sand flats of sheltered bays (Ref. 348). Infaunal (Ref. 116259). Members of the class Bivalvia are mostly gonochoric, some are protandric hermaphrodites. Life cycle: Embryos develop into free-swimming trocophore larvae, succeeded by the bivalve veliger, resembling a miniature clam (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 08.03.06
Modified by: SeaLifeBase Team, - 14.08.07

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