Cockscomb Oyster (species: Lopha cristagalli) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Lopha cristagalli
Cockscomb Oyster

©Vanessa Messmer: Lopha cristagalli covered with encrusting sponge at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: A large¬†Cockscomb Oyster (about 14 cm wide) with a smaller one attached to it (left of¬†photo) at Lizard Island. Red colour is encrusting sponge.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Bivalvia
Order Ostreoida
Family Ostreidae
Genus Lopha
Species Lopha cristagalli



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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References that assist with identification

  • Humann, P. and N. Deloach (2010). Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

Other references

  • Burdon-Jones, C. and G.R.W. Denton (1981). Metals in marine organisms from the Great Barrier Reef Province. Part 1. Base line survey,Interim Progress Report, James Cook University, Townsville.. LIRS catalog number 69.
  • Goggin, C.L. and R.J.G. Lester (1987). Occurrence of Perkinsus species (Protozoa, Apicomplexa) in bivalves from the Great Barrier Reef, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 3: 113-117. LIRS catalog number 237.
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