Saccostrea cuccullata (Born, 1778)
Hooded oyster
photo by Poppe, Guido and Philippe

Family:  Ostreidae (oysters)
Max. size:  20 cm SHL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 5 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific and Eastern Atlantic. Introduced in the Mediterranean.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Artisanal to industrial exploitation, from natural beds and by aquaculture (Ref. 348). Attached to rocks in the intertidal where it may form a distinct zone in the upper eulittoral (Ref. 801). Found in shallow subtidal levels and occurs in dense colonies (Ref. 101156). Also on the breathing roots and trunks of mangrove trees and on pier piles (Ref. 102838). Coexists with an assemblage of grazing gastropods (Ref. 101156).
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: Parducho, Vina Angelica - 30.09.22

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