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Great scallop

Order Pectinoida
Family Pectinidae

Marine bivalve mollusc. Asymmetric valves, the upper valve is flat and red-brown coloured, and the lower valve is convex and white or yellowish coloured, with concentric or zig-zag brown spots, both valves with two "ears", one on each side of umbo or central point. Very pronounced radial ribs. Internally valves are pearly white with brown spots by the edge. It can measure up to 17 cm in diameter.

FAO code
Pecten maximus
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Fishing seasons
jan feb apr oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Grosse Pilgermuschel
France Coquille Saint-Jacques
Italy Ventaglio
Portugal Vieira
United Kingdom Great scallop
Japan Hotategai
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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