Argopecten purpuratus

Argopecten purpuratus

Argopecten purpuratus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Family: Pectinidae
Genus: Argopecten
Species: A. purpuratus
Binomial name
Argopecten purpuratus
(Lamarck, 1819)

Argopecten purpuratus, common names the "Peruvian scallop", is an edible species of saltwater clam, a scallop, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Pectinidae, the scallops.


In Peru, the scallops can be found naturally around the following areas:

  1. Pisco (300 km South of Lima)
  2. Casma y Samanco (400 km north of Lima)
  3. Trujillo (600 km north of Lima)
  4. Sechura Bay (900 km north of Lima)


In all indicated areas the collection of natural grown scallops has been replaced by re-stocking and acuiculture operations. Thanks to this, the natural banks have recovered and fishermen and consumers can use this product.


The commerce of scallops targets the following main markets:

  1. USA: Roe Off product
  2. France: Roe-On product
  3. China: Roe-On & Skirt-On, Whole, products
  4. Australia and New Zealand: Roe-On product
  5. Spain and Italy: Roe-On on Half shell product

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