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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)

Synonyms: Dioeciostrea americana; Lopha gibsonsmithi; Ostrea borealis; Ostrea canadensis; Ostrea floridensis; Ostrea procyon; Ostrea reniformis; Ostrea rostrata; Ostrea triangularis; Ostrea virginiana; Ostrea virginica

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.
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Water Biome [1]  Reef, Coastal

Emblem of


Prey / Diet

Alosa sapidissima (American shad)[2]
Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[2]
Callinectes sapidus (blue crab)[2]
Chrysaora quinquecirrha (sea nettle)[2]
Crassostrea virginica (American cupped oyster)[2]
Micropogonias undulatus (Atlantic croacker)[2]
Mya arenaria (Clam)[2]


Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)[2]
Alosa sapidissima (American shad)[2]
Anchoa mitchilli (Bay anchovy)[2]
Ariopsis felis (Sea catfish)[2]
Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[2]
Brevoortia tyrannus (Shad)[2]
Callinectes sapidus (blue crab)[2]
Crassostrea virginica (American cupped oyster)[2]
Lepidochelys kempii (Atlantic Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley Seaturtle)[3]
Limnodromus griseus (Short-billed Dowitcher)[4]
Micropogonias undulatus (Atlantic croacker)[2]
Morone americana (Wreckfish)[2]
Mya arenaria (Clam)[2]
Panopeus herbstii (Atlantic mud crab)[5]
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)[2]
Rapana venosa (veined rapa whelk)[2]
Rhinoptera bonasus (Skeete)[2]
Stramonita haemastoma (Red-mouth purpura)[6]
Trinectes maculatus (Hogchoker)[2]


Parasitized by 
Acanthoparyphium spinulosum <Unverified Name>[7]
Bucephalus cuculus[7]
Echinorhynchus gadi[7]
Gymnophalloides tokiensis <Unverified Name>[7]
Himasthla quissentensis <Unverified Name>[7]
Proctoeces maculatus[7]
Urastoma cyprinae <Unverified Name>[7]


East Pacific; Western Atlantic Ocean;



Attributes / relations provided by 1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at 2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. 3HISTORICAL DIET ANALYSIS OF LOGGERHEAD (CARETTA CARETTA) AND KEMP’S RIDLEY (LEPIDOCHELYS KEMPI) SEA TURTLES IN VIRGINIA, Erin E. Seney, A Thesis Presented to The Faculty of the School of Marine Science The College of William and Mary in Virginia (2003) 4Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979 5Predation by the Black-clawed Mud Crab, Panopeus herbstii, in Mid-Atlantic Salt Marshes: Further Evidence for Top-down Control of Marsh Grass Production, BRIAN REED SILLIMAN, CRAIG A. LAYMAN, KANE GEYER, and J. C. ZIEMAN, Estuaries Vol. 27, No. 2, p. 188–196, April 2004 6Feeding habits and phenotypic changes in proboscis length in the southern oyster drill, Stramonita haemastoma (Gastropoda: Muricidae), on Florida sabellariid worm reefs, Jeffrey T. Watanabe, Craig M. Young, Marine Biology (2006) 148: 1021–1029 7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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