Saccostrea n. sp.
Shell solid, unequal valves. Very variable shape, with crenulated margin. Externally cream-purple-brown, internally white, with some purple colouration.
This species looks almost identical to other Saccostrea species. It is most easily distinguished by using DNA.
The relationships among species in Saccostrea are still not well understood. This new species is most closely related to S. cucullata (lineage A in Lam & Morton 2006).
Sessile after the larvae settles and attaches to hard substrate.
Method of reproduction
Likely a broadcast spawner as for other members of the genus.
Hard substrate in the high intertidal. Will settle on rocky shores or wood.
Exploratory fishery in the north
|Conservation Assessment:||Least Concern|
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