Pecten maximus

Pecten maximus

Pecten maximus
Two beachworn upper (flat) valves of Pecten maximus from Wales
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Ostreoida
Suborder: Pectinina
Superfamily: Pectinoidea
Family: Pectinidae
Genus: Pecten
Species: P. maximus
Binomial name
Pecten maximus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Pecten maximus, common name the "great scallop" or "king scallop", is a species of scallop, an edible saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Pectinidae. This is the type species of the genus. This species may in fact be conspecific with Pecten jacobaeus, the "pilgrim's scallop", which has a much more restricted distribution. [1]

The oil company Royal Dutch Shell derives its highly recognizable logo from this species.

Live individual of Pecten maximus on the right, next to Ostrea edulis

External links

  • A live individual, upper shell covered in sediment
  • MarLIN info
  • ITIS info


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