Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Pinctada
Family: Pteriidae (Mollusca/Bivalvia)
Taxon : Marine Molluscs
Group : Animal

SPECIES
capensis
NOTES

A thick, heavy shell to 110 mm with a straight hinge line and one valve shallower than the other. Has a deep, wide byssal sinus. Attached by byssus threads to rocks and reefs infratidally. A filter feeder.


AUTHORITY
(Sowerby, 1890)
Sub Author
Conservation
Uncommon
Habit
Not Applicable
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: Has darker brown radial bands. The nacreous interior has a grey border
Colour: Brown
Common Name
Pearl oyster
Pereloester
Cape pearl oyster
Oyster
Habitat
NOTES: Collected 1988 on the beach at the river mouth
HABITAT NAME: Beach
Uses
Decorative
A source of pearls and mother-of-pearl but few pearls found in the Cape
Months
All year
Synonyms for Species
Avicula capensis



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