Eastern Oyster

Eastern Oyster

Crassostrea Virginica





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In the Wild

  • Habitat:  Brackish and salty waters commonly on oyster reefs.
  • Diet:  Plankton via water filtration.
  • Predators:  Parasites MSX and Dermo.  Blue crabs, Atlantic oyster drill, American oystercatcher, veined rapa whelk
  • Size:  Up to 8 inches
  • Breeding:  Spawn in early summer and females can release 100 million eggs.



In the Aquatics Lab

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Other information

  • Virginia Regulations:  Oysters have to be 3 inches long to be kept.  There are also lots of regulations about when and where they can be caught.
  • Commercial Uses:  Oysters are harvested and sold for human consumption.

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