Variegated scallop (Mimachlamys varia)
|Researched by||Judith Oakley||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Chlamys varia|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandWidespread all around the coasts of the British Isles and Ireland.
Global distributionReported from Denmark to the Iberian Peninsula, the Mediterranean and off the coast of west Africa to Senegal.
HabitatMimachlamys varia lives very low on the shore and sublittorally to about 100 m, either free-living or attached by a byssus. It is usually found on rocky substrata, often in algal holdfasts.
- Shell solid, inequivalve and inequilateral.
- Anterior ears 2-3 times longer than the posterior.
- Prominent byssal notch in the right anterior ear, with fine teeth on lower border.
- Shell oval in outline except for protruding ears.
- Usually up to 60 cm in length.
- Colour very variable.
- Sculpture of 25-35 prominent ribs.
- Inner surface of shell glossy, often coloured the same as the exterior.
Additional informationMimachlamys varia matures as a male, changing sex several times during its life (Hayward et al., 1996).
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Last Updated: 03/07/2007