The Pearl Oyster

Edited by

  • Paul Southgate, School of Marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University Townsville, Queensland, Austalia
  • John Lucas, Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia

Contrary to a generally held view that pearls are found by chance in oysters, almost all are now produced from farms. This book is a comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the biology of pearl oysters, their anatomy, reproduction, genetics, diseases, etc. It considers how they are farmed from spawning and culturing larvae in hatcheries to adults in the ocean; how various environmental factors, including pollution affect them; and how modern techniques are successfully producing large numbers of cultured pearls. This is the ultimate reference source on pearl oysters and the culture of pearls, written and edited by a number of scientists who are world experts in their fields.
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Oyster, mollusc and marine biologists. Aquaculturalists and practioners in oyster culture


Book information

  • Published: September 2008
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52976-3

Table of Contents

Introduction; Taxonomy and phylogeny, Soft tissue anatomy; shell, structure and biomineralisation,; Feeding and metabolism, Reproduction development and growth; Environmental influences, Pearl oyster culture; Pearl production; Exploitation and culture of major commercial species; The pearl market; Disease and predation; Population genetics and stock improvement; Economics of pearl farming; Environmental impacts of pearl farming; Biofouling; Future development