Pinctada mazatlanica

Pearl oyster | Mazatlan Pearl Oyster | Panama Pearl Oyster
Pinctada mazatlanica
Pinctada mazatlanica, Coiba, Panama, Photo: Graham Edgar
Pinctada mazatlanica
Pinctada mazatlanica, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Pinctada mazatlanica
Pinctada mazatlanica


Tropical Eastern Pacific


Smooth, round, flat shell, with teeth-like scales on each valve, interlocking with those on the opposite valve.


Max Size: 20 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 25.5-30.2°C

Depth: 3-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Common (30.3% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (5 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields