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These are ṉirriwan the next most well known after the ṉamura and the best known of all mekawu the ordinary rock oyster known and appreciated by all. These ṉirriwan are specifically shown as individuals attached to rocks. This species most spectacular manifestation is growing as clumps attached to the single stem aerial roots dangling from the branches of the mangroves into the tide when it is high. By boat or at low tide a single swipe with the knife severs the bunch and delivers up to 50 fat oysters on each stem. Which are then smoked over the fire until they open and eaten until capacity is reached.
Saccostrea sycphophilla, S. mordax
According to the bible the Maypal book ‘When ṉirriwan are found on the roots of mangrove trees they are called bomiḻa’ but this may be a Western Yolŋu differentiation.