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Penguin's wing oyster - Pteria penguin Covered in encrusting sponge. Fall,Geotagged,Indonesia,Pteria penguin Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Penguin's wing oyster - Pteria penguin

Covered in encrusting sponge.

    comments (4)

  1. WOAH! This has me in awe! Posted one month ago
    1. They are big and odd looking :-) Posted one month ago
  2. Looks like craters on some planet. Love the colours Posted one month ago
    1. ah, yes, this is the encrusting sponge on top of the clam. The center of the "craters" are the oscula (large opening to the outside through which the current of water exits):
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osculum

      I ahve some nice pics of encrusting sponges in the same area of the world but I am trying to find their species first. Sponges can be very hard to identify. Scientist will not dare without a proper molecular analysis but here we try to propose tentative IDs based on morphology :-)
      Posted one month ago

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''Pteria penguin'', commonly known as the penguin's wing oyster, is a species of marine bivalve mollusc in the family Pteriidae, the pearl oysters. It is native to the western and central Indo-Pacific region and is used for the production of cultured pearls.

Similar species: Pterioida
Species identified by Patomarazul
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By Patomarazul

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Uploaded Oct 14, 2020. Captured Nov 10, 2019 02:12 in Indonesia.
  • TG-5
  • f/3.5
  • 1/80s
  • ISO200
  • 6.86mm