Cristaria (bivalve)

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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Unionida
Family: Unionidae
Genus: Cristaria
Schumacher, 1817

Cristaria is a genus of freshwater mussels or pearl mussels, aquatic bivalve mollusks in the family Unionidae.


Species in the genus Cristaria include:[1]

Human relevance[edit]

In China, one of the species in this genus, Cristaria plicata is "one of the most important freshwater mussels for pearl production" in the country,[2] it is also used for medicinal purposes.[3]


  1. ^ The Mussel Project, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, The Freshwater Mussels (Unionoida) of the World (and other less consequential bivalves) [1] Accessed 2014-9-10
  2. ^ Xie, Yanhai; Hu, Baoching; Wen, Chungen; Mu, Songniu (2011-01-09). "Morphology and phagocytic ability of hemocytes from Cristaria plicata". Aquaculture. 310 (3–4): 245–251. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2010.09.034.
  3. ^ "Cristaria plicata - Epilepsy Naturapedia". Archived from the original on 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2014-09-06.. Accessed 2014.09.06