Chlamys islandica

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Chlamys islandica
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Pectinida
Family: Pectinidae
Genus: Chlamys
C. islandica
Binomial name
Chlamys islandica
(Muller, 1776)

Chlamys islandica, the Iceland scallop, is a species of bivalve mollusc in the family Pectinidae. This North Atlantic scallop attaches itself to hard surfaces such as rocks and can be found from the intertidal zone to a depth of 200 m (660 ft).[1]

In the northwest, it ranges from Greenland to Massachusetts[2] and in the northeast from Norway and Iceland to the Faroes.[1] Its shell can be found further south, including the British Isles, as subfossil remains.[1] It is highly variable in colour and can reach a size of 14 cm (5.5 in).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Marine Bivalve Shells of the British Isles (22 March 2016). Chlamys islandica. National Museum Wales. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ Abbott, R.T. & Morris, P.A. A Field Guide to Shells: Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 27.