Physical Characteristics

Shell is round in outline, compressed, with anterior and posterior auricles faintly delimited. It is ornamented with concentric, radially aligned rows of overlapping fragile lamellae, not gaping. Color is overall blackish with white to green mottling. Generally 6-10 in (15-25 cm) in diameter. Interior is thickly nacreous in a wide range of colors including gray, blue, pink, yellow, and green, but seldom black as common name implies. Soft body with a gray or black foot and expansive gills. The orange mantle margin is unfused. The pearl oyster secretes strong byssal threads that exit the shell through a byssal notch below the anterior auricle.

I Divariscintilla yoyo I Pinctada margaritifera I Mercenaria mercenaria

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