|Kingdom Animale | Phylum Mollusca | Class Bivalvia
An important bivalve found in muddy areas. It is farmed in coastal Malaysia and Thailand, but is not common locally. The red pigment in Anadara is haemoglobin, similar to that in human blood. Outbreaks of cholera, hepatitis A and dysenteric shellfish poisoning have been linked to consumption of contaminated cockles. (Length 3cm). About the pea crab that is often found inside the blood cockle.
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre