Ostrea angasi

Ostrea angasi

Ostrea angasi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Ostreoida
Family: Ostreidae
Genus: Ostrea
Species: O. angasi
Binomial name
Ostrea angasi
Sowerby, 1871

The southern mud oyster or native flat oyster, Ostrea angasi, is endemic to southern Australia, ranging from Western Australia to southeast New South Wales and around Tasmania.

Habitat

This species is found in sheltered, silty or sand-bottomed estuaries at depths between 1 and 30 m.

Diet

Flat oysters, like all other oyster species, are filter feeders, feeding on, and taking in anything small enough to be filtered in their gills. This may include plankton, microalgae or inorganic material.

General

The oyster industry in southern Australia has started farming O. angasi, after supplies of wild-caught individuals were exhausted due to overfishing.

References

  • Australian Government Species Bank info page