FIELD FACTS

NA­TIVE OYS­TERS

Scottish Field - - WILDLIFE -

SCI­EN­TIFIC NAME: Ostrea edulis

SIZE: Can reach more than 20cm long, though most are around 11cm. LIFE­SPAN: Up to 15 years. They reach ma­tu­rity be­tween 36 to 60 months old. SEA­SON­AL­ITY: They are gen­er­ally avail­able in the UK from Septem­ber to April each year. NAMES: Na­tive oys­ters are also known as ‘com­mon’ or ‘flat’ oys­ters. RE­PRO­DUC­TION: Can shift be­tween the male and fe­male sex twice per sea­son.

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