Pecten maximus

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Pecten maximus
Pecten maximus Pilgermuschel.jpg
Two beachworn upper (flat) valves of Pecten maximus from Wales
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Ostreoida
Suborder: Pectinina
Superfamily: Pectinoidea
Family: Pectinidae
Genus: Pecten
Species: P. maximus
Binomial name
Pecten maximus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Pecten maximus, common name the "great scallop" or "king scallop", is a species of scallop, an edible saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Pectinidae, the scallops. This is the type species of the genus. This species may in fact be conspecific with Pecten jacobaeus, the "pilgrim's scallop", which has a much more restricted distribution. [1]

The oil company Royal Dutch Shell derives its highly recognizable logo from this species.

Live individual of Pecten maximus on the right, next to Ostrea edulis

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