Chlamys varia

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Chlamys varia
Pectinidae - Chlamys varia.JPG
Variability of the shells of Chlamys varia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Ostreoida
Family: Pectinidae
Genus: Chlamys
Species: C. varia
Binomial name
Chlamys varia
Linnaeus, 1758

Chlamys varia, common name the variegated scallop, is a species of small scallop, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Pectinidae, the scallops.


This species of scallop lives in the North Sea, the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Red Sea.


Chlamys varia is a shallow-living species, living up to about 100m in depth along coastal rocky areas.

Shell description[edit]

The shell of Chlamys varia ranges in color. It can be white, pink, red, orange, yellow, or purple. Both valves are symmetrical except for the ears on either side of the umbos. The shell does not usually exceed 6 cm in length.