Species catalogue
Home / Catálogo de especies / Variegated scallop

Variegated scallop

Order Pectinoida
Family Pectinidae

Marine bivalve mollusc, with oval shell consisting of 2 convex valves, the lower valve a little flatter than the upper one. Ears markedly unequal in size. Main sculpture of each valve with 25 to 35 regular, prominent, rounded, radial ribs. Color: outside of shell extremely variable, whitish, yellow, orange, red, brown or purple, often with irregular paler patterns. Interior glossy, with similar coloration or white often tinged with brown or purple. Maximum length 10 cm.

FAO code
Chlamys varia
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 mar apr may sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Bunte Kammuschel
France Pétoncle
Italy Pettine vario
Portugal Leque variado
United Kingdom Variegated scallop
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

Download QR code and include it in your packaging