P. chemnitzii is often confused with Pinctada radiata and Pinctada martensii.
Ecology and Habitat
P. chemnitzii is found on the Northern coast of Australia and in the South and East China Sea. It is also native to the Japanese owned Ryukyu Islands.
P. chemnitzii in Pearls
For over forty years, P. chemnitzii has been used in China for pearl culture. The Japanese use this Chinese species for pearl culture as well and refer to it by the name “akoya gai.” Currently, a hybrid of P. chemnitzii and P. fucata martensii is what is predominately used in akoya pearl production in both Japan and China.