New SSEF Service Provides Clients with Pearl Species
The lab can now conclusively identify eight oyster species producing most pearls found in the natural and cultured pearl trade.
--Pinctada imbricata (Atlantic pearl oyster);
--Pinctada fucata/martensii (akoya pearl oyster);
--Pinctada maxima (South Sea pearl oyster);
--Pinctada margaritifera (Tahitian black-lipped pearl oyster);
--Pinctada mazatlanica (Panama pearl oyster);
--Pinctada maculata (pipi pearl oyster); and
--Pteria sterna (rainbow-lipped pearl oyster).
The new service is offered in partnership with the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Zurich.
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