Pinctada capensis

Pinctada capensis (Sowerby, 1872)

Distinguishing Characteristics

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

Common SynonymsN/A
Popular NamesPearl Oyster (South Africa, Knysna Bay)
Cape Pearl Oyster
Primary SourceAlgoa Bay and False Bay
Other geographical locationsEast and South Africa
P. chemnitzii in pearlsRevered as a local novelty in South Africa

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