APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Pecten maximus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Great scallop (Marine bivalve images)
Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- live animals 1

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- live animal 1

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- live animal 2

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- live animal 3

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- live open animal 1

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- live open animal close-up 1

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- shell top valve 1

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- bottom valve / underside 1

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- in aquarium 1

The Great scallop is a commercially important deep water species and considered a delicacy to many. It is a bivalve with a rounded upperside and flat lowerside. Shells can be commonly found on a few beaches around the region, they can also be found as discards in ports and harbours as seen below.

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- discarded shells 1

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- discarded shells 2

Great scallop
Pecten maximus
- discarded shells 3

Live scallops can be found at extreme low water on reefs around Looe, but I am omitting the exact location as the animals are best left for children to find and study, than taken for food. Putting it simply it would be too easy for people to over collect and destroy the colony there. Personally I wouldn't eat any scallops found on the shore at Looe because of the lilelyhood of contamination.

Scientific and European Names:
Pecten maximus, Great scallop, Grosse pilgermuschel, Sint-jakobsschelp, Coquille saint-Jacques, Vieira, Cappasanta atlantica.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Helping to understand, identify, record, and conserve molluscs.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Pecten maximus Great or Edible Scallop
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.