Pearl Oyster, Mazatlan Pearl Oyster, Panama Pearl Oyster
Pinctada mazatlanica, Coiba, Panama, Photo: Graham Edgar
Pinctada mazatlanica, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
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
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Threats: Exploitation, Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Common (31% 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.