Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg, 1793)
Giant cupped oyster
Crassostrea gigas
photo by FAO

Family:  Ostreidae (oysters)
Max. size:  45 cm SHH (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 15 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific. Introduced in the Pacific, Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  A major commercial species. Introduced for aquaculture in many countries. However experimental plantings in tropical western Pacific Islands often failed, apparently because of the sustained high temperature of the water (Ref. 348). Littoral and circalittoral rock and other hard substrata as well as littoral and sublittoral sediments (Ref. 1314). It is a sessile-burrower, suspension feeder (Ref. 96498).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans: 
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 30.06.15

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