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Updated 3/19/2014

Family Pteriidae

HAWAII

Pinctada margaritifera 

Blowhole, Oahu, 30 feet

 

Lanai Lookout, Oahu, 30 feet

Sharks Cove, Oahu, 25 feet

 

 

Juvenile, Kewalo, Oahu, 80 feet

 

Kewalo Hump, Oahu, 90 feet

 

Pokai Bay, Oahu, 15 feet

Mahi Wreck, Oahu, 80 feet

 



Sand Island, Oahu, 12 feet

BLACK-LIPPED PEARL OYSTER

Uncommon in shallow water and scuba depths firmly attached to the substrate.  Easily identified by fringes along opening.  Attains diameter of at least 12 inches.  Produces high-quality pearls and cultured extensively in French Polynesia.  Formerly abundant and harvested to near-extinction at Pearl Harbor and Pearl & Hermes Reef.  It is illegal to collect this species.  Hawaii & the Indo-West Pacific.  Labeled as the endemic species Pinctada galtsoffi in Severn's Shells of the Hawaiian Islands.