Pinctada atropurpurea   Dunker,  1852 (Oyster)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia

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The shell is roundish with a narrow hinge. The valves are thin, translucent, copper coloured and moderately convex. The byssal notch is deep. The nacreous layer is thin and extends to a greater portion of each valve. The posterior nacreous border meets the hinge line at an acute angle. A trace of an anterior binge tooth may be present in some shells.

Synonym (s)
Pteria (Margaritifera) atropurpurea Jameson, 1901

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Palk Bay (Lat: 9.5) (Long: 79.25) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Harbour INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • Ingole, BS and Parulekar, AH (1992) Resource potential and status of pearl oyster fishery in India Marine Archaeology 3 32 - 36 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, KV and Rao, KS (1974) Pearl Oysters The commercial molluscs of India Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 25 84-105 Available at -
  • Jones, S (1969) The molluscan fishery resources of India Proceedings of the Symposium on Mollusca CMFRI 906-918 Available at -
  • (1991) Pearl oyster farming and pearl culture Available at -

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