Pecten (genus)

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Temporal range: Cretaceous - Recent
Pecten maximus Pilgermuschel.jpg
Two beachworn upper valves of Pecten maximus from Wales
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Pectinoida
Superfamily: Pectinoidea
Family: Pectinidae
Subfamily: Pectininae
Tribe: Pectinini
Genus: Pecten
O. F. Müller, 1776

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.

This genus is known in the fossil record from the Cretaceous period to the Quaternary period (age range: from 70.6 to 0.0 million years ago). Fossil shells within this genus have been found all over the world. [1]


The name Pecten is from the Latin word for a comb or rake. [2] Since 1904, a Pecten shell has been used as the basis of the logo of Shell petroleum company.

Fossil shells of Pecten nigromagnus from Pliocene of Italy


Species in the genus Pecten include:

* P. albicans (Schröter, 1802)



  • Frank H.T. Rodes, Herbert S. Zim en Paul R. Shaffer (1993) - Natuurgids Fossielen (het ontstaan, prepareren en rangschikken van fossielen), Zuidnederlandse Uitgeverij N.V., Aartselaar. ISBN D-1993-0001-361
  • Cyril Walker & David Ward (1993) - Fossielen: Sesam Natuur Handboeken, Bosch & Keuning, Baarn. ISBN 90-246-4924-2


  1. ^ Fossilworks
  2. ^
  3. ^ Fossil Shells
  4. ^ World Register of Marine Species
  5. ^ Paleobiology Database
  6. ^ Catalogue of life
  7. ^ Encyclopedia of life
  8. ^ 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