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Rock oyster
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Ostreida
Superfamily: Ostreoidea
Family: Ostreidae
Genus: Saccostrea
Dollfus & Dautzenberg, 1920
Type species
Ostrea saccellus
Dujardin, 1837
  • Ostrea (Saccostrea) Dollfus & Dautzenberg, 1920
  • Parastriostrea Harry, 1985
  • Saxostrea Iredale, 1936

Rock oysters are true oysters of the genus Saccostrea, belonging to the subfamily Saccostreinae of the family Ostreidae . [1]

The best-known species is the Sydney rock oyster (Saccostrea glomerata).


The World Register of Marine Species lists these species:[1]

  • Saccostrea commercialis (Iredale & Roughley, 1933): synonym of Saccostrea glomerata (Gould, 1850)
  • Saccostrea cucullata [sic]: synonym of Saccostrea cuccullata (Born, 1778) (misspelling)
  • Saccostrea forskahlii (Gmelin, 1791): synonym of Saccostrea cuccullata (Born, 1778)
  • Saccostrea margaritacea (Lamarck, 1819): synonym of Striostrea margaritacea (Lamarck, 1819)
  • Saccostrea mordax (Gould, 1850): synonym of Saccostrea scyphophilla (Peron & Lesueur, 1807)
  • Saccostrea tubulifera (Dall, 1914): synonym of Saccostrea palmula (Carpenter, 1857)

Source: "Rock oyster", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, April 29th),

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  1. ^ a b c MolluscaBase eds. (2022). MolluscaBase. Saccostrea Dollfus & Dautzenberg, 1920. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2022-04-27
  • Dollfus, G.F. & Dautzenberg, P. (1920). Conchyliologie du Miocène moyen du Bassin de la Loire. 1re Partie: Pélécypodes (suite et fin). Mémoires de la Société Géologique de France, Paléontologie. 22(2-4): 379-500, pls 34-51.
  • Coan, E. V.; Valentich-Scott, P. (2012). Bivalve seashells of tropical West America. Marine bivalve mollusks from Baja California to northern Peru. 2 vols, 1258 pp.
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