Map of distribution
Facts about great scallop
Latin name: Pecten maximus
Lifespan: over 20 years. Shell height: 17-18 cm. Maximum weight: 500-600 grammes.
Habitat: lives in recesses in seabed sediments, partially covered by sediment.
Spawning area and season: Spawns during the summer. Fertilisation takes place in the open water where the larvae develop and settle on the bottom after more than a month.
Feeding habits: diet consists of phytoplankton, bacteria, other micro-organisms and dead organic material.