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Feather oysters
Pinctada margaritifera.jpg
A live individual of Pinctada margaritifera
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Pteriida
Superfamily: Pterioidea
Family: Pteriidae
Gray, 1847

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Pteriidae, also called the feather oysters, is a family of medium-sized to large saltwater clams. They are pearl oysters, marine bivalve molluscs in the order Pteriida.[1]

Some of the species in this family are important economically as the source of saltwater pearls.


Genera in the family Pteriidae include:


  1. ^ Pteriidae Gray, 1847. Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 9 July 2010.
  • Powell A. W. B., New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1