Argopecten gibbus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Calico scallop
Argopecten gibbus
photo by FAO

Family:  Pectinidae (scallops)
Max. size:  6.3 cm SHL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 2 years
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 366 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic.
Diagnosis:  Shell outline almost circular, valves very inflated, wing-like projections relatively poorly developed. Surface sculpture of about 20 ribs, smooth square in cross-section. Hinge straight. Colour: upper valve bright, variable, ranging from brown to red to lavender rose to whitish with purplish or reddish mottlings, colour of lower valve much lighter, whitish with lighter markings.
Biology:  Life span: 18 to 24 months (Ref. 350). Lives in beds in shallow to moderately deep water, usually on (or buried in) sandy bottoms (Ref. 344). Also in seagrass and algae beds (Ref. 106861).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
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