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Snareshell family

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The snareshell family is a family of mollusks introduced in Pikmin, although the family went unclassified until Pikmin 4. It consists only of one member, the Pearly Clamclamp, which belongs to the ostrum genus.


Pearly Clamclamp[edit]

Icon for the Pearly Clamclamp, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Main article: Pearly Clamclamp.

The Pearly Clamclamp is an enemy in Pikmin and Pikmin 4. This large bivalve has a pinkish shell, and inside, a small pearl or item surrounded by a clear blue membrane. Their inner weak point can be attacked by Pikmin.


The family name is a combination of "snare", meaning to lure to bait for capture, and shell. This perfectly describes the Pearly Clamclamp's behavior.

The genus ostrum seem to be based on the latin word for oyster, ostreum. Unofficially, the genus lapis was used for the family in the Pikmin Player's Guide, which is Latin for "stone".

Names in other languages[edit]

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Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese オトリガイ科?
Otori gai ka
Bait shellfish family
Flag of France French trappobivalves
Flag of Germany German Fallenmuscheln Trap shells
Flag of South Korea Korean 미끼조개 과
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Suruciladídeos From "sururu" (charru mussel) and "cilada" (trap)


  • The family may have been intended to be named the Ploister family in Pikmin, as this is the technical name of the Pearly Clampclamp in the Pikmin Player's Guide. These technical names often incorporate the name of the family the creature belongs to.