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Bay Scallop_6

Bay Scallop Argopecten irradians

Bay scallops are found from Nova Scotia to the Texas and can be categorized into several subspecies. Bay scallops found in Florida usually have 17-21 ribs and are found in seagrass beds. Most animals have one mottled gray-brown shell (the top shell may have 3-5 rays as in the photo) and one white shell, while the orange variety is less abundant.

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