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Dissected Scallop

Dissected Scallop Argopecten irradians

Two dissected bay scallops. The shell of the bay scallop above has been removed to reveal the muscle and mantle. The muscle is attached to both shells and keeps the shells together along with the hinge. The internal organs (revealed below) are covered by the mantle which secretes the shells. In the bottom photograph the top mantle has been removed, and the gill folded back over the muscle, to reveal the internal organs. Scallops are simultaneous hermaphrodites, possessing both female and male reproductive organs.


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