Rough scallop

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Rough scallop
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Ostreoida
Superfamily: Pectinoidea
Family: Pectinidae
Genus: Aequipecten
Species: A. muscosus
Binomial name
Aequipecten muscosus
(W. Wood, 1828)
Synonyms

Chlamys muscosus

The rough scallop, Aequipecten muscosus, grows up to 1.75 in (4.4 cm). It has a small, scallop-shaped shell with about 20 strong ribs which have many erect scales or small spines near the margin. The hinge line has ears.

Rough scallop

The coloration of the rough scallop shell varies from pink to a dark red exterior, often mottled with colors such as brown and cream, but it is also sometimes bright lemon-yellow or bright orange.

The habitat of this species is offshore, and the shell is found rarely on ocean beaches. This species inhabits ocean waters from North Carolina to the West Indies.

The rough scallop was frequently netted as incidental catch in commercial Atlantic calico scallop fishery.

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