Rough scallop

Rough scallop

Taxobox
name = Rough scallop



regnum = Animalia
phylum = Mollusca
classis = Bivalvia
familia = Pectinidae
genus = "Aequipecten"
species = "A. muscosus"
binomial = "Aequipecten muscosus"
binomial_authority = (W. Wood)
synonyms = "Chlamys muscosus"

The rough scallop, "Aequipecten muscosus", grows up to 1 3/4 inches. It has a small, scallop-shaped shell with about twenty strong ribs which have many erect scales or small spines near the margin. The hinge line has ears.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.

References

* [http://www.sms.si.edu/IRLSpec/Phyl_mollus3.htm Phylum Mollusca]
* [http://www.edwardtbabinski.us/beach_kids/sea_shells/rough_scallop/ Rough Scallop] and [http://www.ncseagrant.org/ NC Sea Grant]

ee also

* Scallop

External links

* [http://www.shellmuseum.org/Sanibel/shells_muscosus.html Southwest Florida Shells]


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