Pecten (genus)

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Temporal range: Eocene–Recent
Pecten maximus Pilgermuschel.jpg
Two beachworn upper valves of Pecten maximus from Wales
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Ostreoida
Family: Pectinidae
Genus: Pecten
Müller, 1776

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Pecten is a genus of large scallops or saltwater clams, marine bivalve mollusks in the family Pectinidae, the scallops. This is the type genus of the family.

Scallop and pecten catch in 2005

The name Pecten is from the Latin word for a comb or rake. [1]

Since 1904, a Pecten shell has been used as the basis of the logo of Shell petroleum company.[1]


Species in the genus Pecten include:


  1. ^ See Shell Website -
  2. ^ accessed 5 January 2010
  3. ^ Branch, G.M., Branch, M.L, Griffiths, C.L. and Beckley, L.E (2005): Two Oceans: a guide to the marine life of southern Africa ISBN 0-86486-672-0