Pearl oyster resources of India

Alagarswami, K and Chellam, A and Victor, A C C and Dharmaraj, S and Velayudhan, T S and Gandhi, A D (1987) Pearl oyster resources of India. CMFRI Bulletin - Pearl culture, 39. pp. 37-48.


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The pearl oysters belong to the genus Pinctada Roding under the family Pteriidae. They enjoy a world wide distribution occurring in almost all the seas of the tropical belt and also in the subtropical region. Six species of pearl oysters occur in the Indian waters viz., Pinctada fucata (Gould), P. margaritifera (Linnaeus), P. chemnitzii (Philippi), P. sugillata (Reeve), P. anomioides (Reeve) and P. atropurpurea (Dunker), of which P. fucata alone has contributed to the pearl fisheries in the Gulf of Mannar and Gulf of Kutch. P. fucata is distributed in the Red Sea, Persian Gulf and the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pearl oyster; resource; India
Subjects: Molluscan Fisheries > Pearl oyster
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 10:50
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:18

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