• Pinctada capensis

    Pinctada capensis (Sowerby, 1872)

    Distinguishing Characteristics
    The shells of P. capensis look very similar to Pteria shells. They have a longer shape that is slightly deformed. When both halves are open, the silhouette of the shell resembles a ?C? shape. The luster of the inner shell is dull, making the nacre appear milky white. Sometimes a yellowish grey/bluish tint is possible. Shells can measure up to 10 cm in length.

    Ecology and Habitat
    P. capensis is only found on the coast of East and South Africa. The banks stretch along the coast of Mozambique from the Island of Bazurto to False Bay, near Cape Town in South Africa.

    Common Synonyms
    Popular Names ?The Pearl Oyster? (South Africa, Knysna Bay)
    ?Cape Pearl Oyster?
    Primary Source Algoa Bay and False Bay
    Other geographical locations East and South Africa
    P. chemnitzii in pearls Revered as a local novelty in South Africa

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