Argopecten purpuratus

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Argopecten purpuratus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Family: Pectinidae
Genus: Argopecten
Species: A. purpuratus
Binomial name
Argopecten purpuratus
(Lamarck, 1819)


Argopecten purpuratus, common names the "Peruvian scallop", is an edible species of saltwater clam, a scallop, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Pectinidae, the scallops.


In Peru, the scallops can be found naturally around the following areas:

  1. Pisco (300 km South of Lima)
  2. Casma y Samanco (400 km north of Lima)
  3. Trujillo (600 km north of Lima)
  4. Sechura Bay & Paita Bay (900 km north of Lima)


In all indicated areas the collection of natural grown scallops has been replaced by re-stocking and acuiculture operations. Thanks to this, the natural banks have recovered and fishermen and consumers can use this product.


The commerce of scallops targets the following main markets:

  1. USA: Roe Off product
  2. France: Roe-On product
  3. China: Roe-On & Skirt-On, Whole, products
  4. Australia and New Zealand: Roe-On product
  5. Spain and Italy: Roe-On on Half shell product

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