Argopecten irradians

[ Opisthokonta | Metazoa | Eumetazoa | . . .
. . . | Pectinoidea | Pectinidae | Argopecten ]

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Taxonomy:Eukaryota | Opisthokonta | Metazoa | Eumetazoa | Bilateria | Protostomia | Lophotrochozoa | Mollusca | Bivalvia | Pteriomorphia | Pectinoida | Pectinoidea | Pectinidae | Argopecten
Synonym:Aequipecten irradians
Common:bay scallop (German: Bucht-Kammmuschel)
Comment:The bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) is found in the western North Atlantic along the majority of the United States coast. The bay scallop is a hermaphroditic mollusc with an enlarged, single adductor muscle that is able to quickly clasp both valves together for propulsion. This muscle is a prominent feature observed when the shell is removed, and is a favorite of both scientists and consumers, as it offers an excellent model for understanding muscle physiology and provides a healthy, high-protein food source.
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