Rough Scallop, Aequipecten muscosus

The rough scallop, Aequipecten muscosus, has the potential to grow up to 1.75 inches. It has a small and scallop-shaped shell with about 20 strong ribs which have many erect scales or small spines near the margin.

The coloration of this rough scallop shell varies from pink to a dark red exterior, often mottled with colors as brown and cream, but it’s also sometimes bright lemon-yellow or bright orange.

This species is found offshore and is very rarely found on ocean beaches. It inhabits ocean water from North Carolina to the West Indies.

Image Caption: Rough Scallop Aequipectin muscosus. Credit: Edwardtbabinski/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)