Japanese Baking Scallop, Pecten albicans

Pecten albicans, the common name being Japanese baking scallop, is a species of marine bivalve mollusks belonging to the family Pectinidae, the scallops.

This species has a shell with the potential of reaching a size of 95 millimeters, with about 12 radiating ribs. The surface coloration usually ranges from light to dark brown, but it may also be orange or purple. The lower valve is less convex than in Pecten excavatus. Pecten albicans is commercially used in the Japanese Sea and in the South China Sea.

These scallops can be found in shallow inshore reef areas at depths of 40 to 115 meters.

Image Caption: Shell of Pecten albicans from Japan at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano. Credit: Hectonichus/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)