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The Variegated Scallop, Chlamys varia

The Variegated Scallop, Chlamys varia, is a species of small scallop, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pectinidae, the scallops.

This species of scallop can be found in the North Sea, the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Red Sea.

The scallop is a shallow-living species, residing up to about 100 meters in depth along coastal rocky areas.

The shell ranges in color from white, pink, red, yellow, orange, or purple. Both valves are symmetrical except for the ears on both sides of the umbos. The shell doesn’t normally exceed 6 centimeters in length.

Image Caption: My own can of a Chlamy varia variation, Spain (Costa Brava). Credit: Weitbrecht/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Variegated Scallop Chlamys varia