Pinctada RÅ¡ding 1798 (pearl oyster)

Bivalvia - Ostreida - Pteriidae

Alternative spelling: Pteria (Pinctada)

Synonyms: Avicula (Meleagrina) Lamarck 1819, Margaritifera Jameson 1901, Meleagrina Lamarck 1819, Perlamater Schumacher 1817, Pintadina Blainville 1826, Unionium Link 1807

Parent taxon: Pteriidae according to G. Rosenberg 2005

See also Bittner 1891, Grant and Gale 1931, Lamprell and Healy 1998, Sepkoski 2002, Spencer et al. 2004 and Vokes 1980

Sister taxa: Actinopterinia, Arcavicula, Austropteria, Avicula, Confusionella, Dattinae, Electroma, Eopinctada, Limopteria, Phelopteria, Pseudaucella, Pterelectroma, Pteria, Pteriinae, Pterinellinae, Pteroperna, Ptychopterinia, Rhaetavicula, Rhynchopterus, Somapteria, Stefaninia, Triaxus

Subtaxa: Avicula (Meleagrina) foulloni Margaritifera (Palaeomargaritifera) Meleagrina antiqua Meleagrina crassicardia Pinctada albina Pinctada imbricata Pinctada maculata Pinctada margaritifera Pinctada margaritiferus Pinctada maxima Pteria (Pinctada) mazatlanica

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Ecology: stationary epifaunal suspension feeder


• Quaternary of Australia (1 collection), Bermuda (1), the Dominican Republic (1), French Polynesia (1), Iran (1), Japan (2), Mexico (1), Saudi Arabia (1), United States (3: Florida, Hawaii)

• Pliocene of Belgium (3), South Africa (2)

• Miocene of Australia (5), Austria (1), Belgium (1)

• Cretaceous of Japan (1)

Total: 25 collections including 27 occurrences

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