Do you know that a Kagayanon discovered a new giant clam species, Tridacna costata, in the shallow waters of the Red Sea?

Dr. Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit of Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines together with a group of marine scientists Claudio Richter of Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research based in Bremerhaven, Germany; Carin Jantzen of Center for Tropical Marine Ecology in Bremen, Germany; Mohammad Al-Zibdah of The University of Jordan, Yarmouk University, Aqaba, Jordan; and Marc Kochzius of University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany discovered a new species of giant clam in the Red Sea, named Tridacna costata (Roa-Quiaoit et al, 2008). Full info HERE. More related info HERE.

Claudio Richter, Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany; Hilly Roa-Quiaoit, Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; Carin Jantzen,

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Dr. Roa-Quiaoit holds a doctoral degree in natural science from University of Bremen, a master’s degree in marine science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines and a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. She specializes in marine biology and coastal management and is also interested in biodiversity and ecological assessment and management. In 2007, she was named as among the “Ten Outstanding Women In Nation’s Service” for her works in the conservation of endangered clams in the Philippines and abroad. She is known as the “Mother of Giant Clams.”

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