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Crassostrea virginica (American cupped oyster; Blue Point oyster; eastern oyster; Amerikaanse Atlantische oester; Amerikanische Auster; Amerikansk østers; Huître américaine; Huître de Virginie; Noordamerikaanse oester; Ostión americano; Ostra americana; Ostrica della Virginia)


Wikipedia Abstract

The eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica)—also called Wellfleet oyster, Atlantic oyster, Virginia oyster, or American oyster—is a species of true oyster native to the eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico coast of North America. It is also farmed in Puget Sound, Washington, where it is known as the Totten Inlet Virginica. Eastern oysters are and have been very popular commercially. Today, less than 1% of the original 17th-century population (when the original colonists arrived) is thought to remain in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, although population estimates from any era are uncertain. The eastern oyster is the state shellfish of Connecticut, its shell is the state shell of Virginia and Mississippi, and its shell in cabochon form is the state gem of Louisiana.
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Water Biome [1]  Reef, Coastal

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East Pacific; Western Atlantic Ocean;

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