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Bivalvia Pterioida Pteriidae 

Pinctada fucata (Gould, 1850)

Type of listing: Name in current use


   Pteria (Margaritifera) vulgaris auct.
   Meleagrina muvicata auct.
   Pinctada vulgaris (Schumacher, 1817)
   Perlameter vulgaris Schumacher, 1817
   Avicula fucata Gould, 1850
   Avicula lurida Gould, 1850
   Avicula muricata Reeve, 1857
   Avicula aerata Reeve, 1857
   Avicula lacunata Reeve, 1857
   Avicula perviridis Reeve, 1857
   Avicula varia Dunker, 1872
   Pinctada vulgaris Hedley, 1916
   Pinctada panasesae Allan, 1950

Common Name

Painted Pearl Shell p.24, fig. 16      McMichael, D.F. 1960.  
New South Wales Pearl Shell p.267, f.1      Allan, J. 1950.  


Red Sea; Ceylon (Sri Lanka); Persian Gulf; Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific Ocean Virabhadra Rao 1968

  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricBass Strait
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricLower E coast
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricCentral E coast
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricNE coast
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricGulf of Carp.
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricN coast
  ABRS RegionsAustraliaNew South Wales
  ABRS RegionsAustraliaNorthern Territory
  ABRS RegionsAustraliaQueensland
  ABRS RegionsAustraliaVictoria
  ABRS RegionsAustraliaWestern Australia?
  OBIS RegionsTemperate Indo-West PacificSouthern HemisphereAustralia (S)New South Wales
  OBIS RegionsTemperate Indo-West PacificSouthern HemisphereAustralia (S)Victoria
  OBIS RegionsTropical Indo-West PacificIndo-MalaysiaAustralia (N)Northern Territory
  OBIS RegionsTropical Indo-West PacificIndo-MalaysiaAustralia (N)Queensland
  OBIS RegionsTropical Indo-West PacificIndo-MalaysiaAustralia (N)Western Australia?
  OBIS RegionsTropical Indo-West PacificRed Sea
  OBIS RegionsTropical Indo-West PacificCentral and East Indian OceanIndo-ArabiaPersian Gulf (=Arabian Gulf)
  OBIS RegionsTropical Indo-West PacificCentral and East Indian OceanEastern Indian OceanIndia (E)Sri Lanka


feeds on: plants 
habitat: sea grass bed 
substrate: sand 


 Hynd, J.S. 1955. p.113, pl. 1; pl. 4, figs 1, 2; pl. 5, figs 1-3 [ Taxonomic characters; generic names; generic subdivisions and phylogenetic relationships; KEy to Australian species (genus Pinctada); description of species; doubtful species and records ]  General reference
 Iredale, T. & McMichael, D.F. 1962. p.10 General reference
 Lamprell, K. & Healy, J. 1998. p.102 General reference
 Virabhadra Rao, K. 1968. p.1021 Distribution


                  Pteriidae Gray, 1847
                    Pinctada Röding, 1798
                      Pinctada fucata (Gould, 1850)


Taxon name record (intBiotaID=19663) created by Playpus Export Program on 2000-11-09. Record last updated by dsherman on 2004-04-28.