Crassostrea virginica CRAVIR-091094-KEMSKI-001
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Breeder ID: CRAVIR-091094-KEMSKI-001
Date received: 9/10/94
Identification: Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin, 1791)
Geographic origin: North-western Atlantic
Taxonomy: (after I.C.Z.N.)
Phylum Mollusca (Jonstonus, 1650)
Class Bivalvia (Aristotle) [ = Pelecypoda; = Lamellibranchiata ] Subclass Lamellibranchia
Superorder Cryptodonta [ = Filibranchia; = Pteriomorphia] Order Ostreoida
Superfamily Ostreacea Family Ostreidae
Genus Crassostrea (Sacco, 1897)
Species virginica (Gmelin, 1791 )
Description: not available
Broodstock notes: no information provided regrading size of broodstock
Adult diet: cultured phytoplankton
Pre-spawning activity: Temperature acclimation and feeding to condition
Time spawning began: upon temperature increase
Approximate quantity: up to 5,000,000 per spawning
Size: 30 – 50 micron
Egg changes / development: 24 hours to veliger, 7 – 10 days to metamorphosis
Size of hatching trochophore: 30 – 50 microns
Newly hatched appearance:
Transfer / removal method: broodstock moved to separate tank after spawning
Spawning tank size (liter): 1000
Sides of tank covered? No
Lighting & photo period: not indicated
Filtration: Sandfilter, open system. Turnover twice per day.
Additives and dosages: none indicated
Specific gravity: varies from 1.019 – 1.024
Fry development / changes: 180 – 220 microns at metamorphosis (7 – 10 days)
First food offered: Isochrysis spp. Fed daily
Second food offered: Isochrysis spp. and centric diatoms
Comments: no further information provided
Original description: Described by Gmelin in 1791. Crassostrea floridensis and C. brasiliana are both synonyms.
Vernacular name: American oyster, eastern oyster
Word origin: The classification of Molluscs dates back to Aristotle who divided them into two groupings: Malachia; the cephalopod (from the Greek root malac, -h, -i, -o, meaning soft) and Ostrachodermata, the shelled forms (from the Greek roots ostrac, -o, =um, meaning shelled; and derm, =a, -ato, -o, meaning skin). The name Molusca was created by Jonstonus (or Jonston) in 1650 for cephalopods and barnacles, but was not accepted until Linnaeus revised it (1758 ?). Linnaeus considered all invertebrates (except insects) Vermes (from the Latin word verm, -i, =is, meaning a worm). However, the group Mollusca did not include bivalvae, which were instead placed in the group Testacea (from the Latin word test, -a, meaning a tile or shell).
Curvier in 1795 published a revised classification of Mollusca which approximates modern day yaxonomy. In 1825 De Blainville altered the name Mollusca to Malacoza which was not widely accepted, except for the terms malacology and malacologist.
Barnacles remained in the Phylum until the 1830’s when Thompson and Brumeister identified the larval stages as crusteceans. In 1866 Kowalevsky removed tunicates from the Mollusca. The present day scheme adheres somewhat to those advanced by Milne-Edwars, (1848), based on respiratory organs; and Spengel (1881) based on the nervous system.
The genus Crassostrea is from the Latin words crass meaning thick; and ostrea meaning oyster.The species virginicus is a geographgical reference to the state of Virginia (US).
Brusca, R.C. & Brusca, G. J., Invertebrates, 1990, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA 01375
USA, ISBN 0-87893-098
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