Electric Flame Scallop (Lima sp.)
Phylum: Mollusca, Class: Bivalvia
Range: Indo-Pacific, Caribbean
Size: 3.5 in. Space:: 10+ gal. Diet: Phytoplankton
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Electric Flame Scallop rests among rocks on coral reefs for protection and seeks out caves and recessed areas. It is a filter feeder and moves water into and out of its shell to gather food. The inner margin of its mantle appears to be luminescent and blue-white flashes of color pulse along its margin. It is capable of 'clapping' its shells together to escape predation by animals such as starfish.
Husbandry: The Electric Flame Scallop prefers dim light and may be picked on by aggressive fish tankmates that will pick at its tentacles. Phytoplankton feedings are required for survival in captivity. It should not be kept with mobile predators such as sea stars, hermit crabs, or true crabs. It is reported that its luminescence is strong enough to be visible at night.
AKA: Red Electric Flame Scallop
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