|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Sue Scott - Great scallop, Pecten maximus, and maerl. Image width ca 25 cm.
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Pecten maximus is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Charlotte Marshall and Emily Wilson||Refereed by:||Andy Beaumont|
|Phylum||Mollusca||Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid|
|Class||Bivalvia||Clams, cockles, mussels, oysters, and scallops|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||Recorded around most coasts of Britain and Ireland, with only scattered records from the east coast of Great Britain.|
|Habitat information||Usually found in a shallow depression in the seabed. Prefers areas of clean firm sand, fine or sandy gravel and may occasionally be found on muddy sand. Distribution in this species is invariably patchy.|
|Description||Both shell valves are fan shaped with an 'ear' on either side of the apex of the valve. The right valve is strongly convex and tends to be off-white, yellowish, or light brown in colour, often with bands or spots of darker pigment. The left valve is flat and is light pink to reddish brown in colour. Pecten maximus grows up to 15 cm long and both valves each have 15-17 radiating ribs.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Charlotte Marshall and Emily Wilson 2009. Pecten maximus. Great scallop. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/11/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=4056>