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Feather oysters
Pinctada margaritifera.jpg
A live individual of Pinctada margaritifera
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Pterioida
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 mollusks in the order Pterioida.[1]

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


Genera in the family Pteriidae include:

  • Crenatula Lamarck, 1803
  • Electroma Stoliczka, 1871
  • Isognomon Lightfoot, 1786 - tree oysters
  • Pinctada Röding, 1798
  • Pteria Scopoli, 1777 - winged oysters
  • Vulsella Röding, 1798


  1. ^ Pteriidae Gray, 1847.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 9 July 2010.