|Bottom of the Ocean||1,600 Bells|
|10 cm||Small, stationary|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|All year||All day|
|Regional names|| Ostrica pinctada |
- "I got a pearl oyster! Mostly I just wanted the pearl!" —New Leaf
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In New Leaf
"Pearls are formed when mostly calcium carbonate and protein envelop foreign substances. Pearl oysters have numerous threadlike feet sticking out from their shell opening. These allow them to latch on to surrounding rocks and are actually surprisingly strong. Their abductor muscles are edible and are considered a delicious ingredient in some foods."
- Main article: Pearl oyster on Wikipedia
Pearl oysters are not closely related to either the edible oysters of family Ostreidae, or the freshwater pearl mussels of the families Unionidae and Margaritiferidae. All species within the genus produce pearls. Attempts have been made to harvest pearls commercially from many Pinctada species.