This article is about the deep-sea creature. For the shell found on the beach, see shells.
Pearl oyster
アコヤガイ Akoyagai
New Leaf
Location Price
Bottom of the Ocean 1,600 Bells
Size Shadow size
10 cm Small, stationary
Time of year Time of day
All year All day
Scientific name Pinctada
Family Pteriidae
Appearances NL
Regional names Flag of Italy small Ostrica pinctada
Flag of France small Huître perlière
Flag of Spain Ostra perlera
"I got a pearl oyster! Mostly I just wanted the pearl!" —New Leaf

The pearl oyster is a benthic, found in New Leaf. It is indicated by a circular shadow and diving is the only way of capturing it. It is the living counterpart of the Pearl-oyster shell.

Donation to the museum

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this creature.

"Pearls are formed when mostly calcium carbonate and protein envelop foreign substances. Pearl oysters have numerous threadlike feet sticking out from their shell opening. These allow them to latch on to surrounding rocks and are actually surprisingly strong. Their abductor muscles are edible and are considered a delicious ingredient in some foods."

Encyclopedia Information

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Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
"I got a pearl oyster! Mostly I just wanted the pearl!"
Size 10 cm
Time All day
Season All year


Further information

Main article: Pearl oyster on Wikipedia

Pearl oysters are not closely related to either the edible oysters of family Ostreidae, or the freshwater pearl mussels of the families Unionidae and Margaritiferidae. All species within the genus produce pearls. Attempts have been made to harvest pearls commercially from many Pinctada species.

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