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scallop

or

pecten,

marine bivalvebivalve,
aquatic mollusk of the class Pelecypoda ("hatchet-foot") or Bivalvia, with a laterally compressed body and a shell consisting of two valves, or movable pieces, hinged by an elastic ligament.
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 mollusk. Like its close relative the oyster, the scallop has no siphons, the mantle being completely open, but it differs from other mollusks in that both mantle edges have a row of steely blue "eyes" (which use a mirror consisting of a mosaic of crystals to focus light) and tactile projections. The rounded shells have radiating ribs with flared "ears" or "wings" at the hinge. Scallops are capable of swimming or leaping about by snapping their shells, which are controlled by a powerful adductor muscle, the only part of the animal that is eaten. Scallops are more common on the Atlantic coast than the Pacific. The common scallop is about 2 in. (5 cm) long. Found abundantly in shallow and offshore waters and in eelgrass and mud flats from Cape Cod to Texas, it is taken in large numbers around Long Island. The giant scallop, found in deeper waters from Labrador to New Jersey, attains a length of 5 in. (12.7 cm). Scallops are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Pelecypoda or Bivalvia, order Filibranchia, family Pectinidae.

Scallop

One of a continuous series of curves resembling segments of a circle, used as a decorative element on the outer edge of a strip of wood used as a molding.

scallop

[′skäl·əp]
(geology)
(invertebrate zoology)
Any of various bivalve mollusks in the family Pectinidae distinguished by radially ribbed valves with undulated margins.

scallop

scallops: a scalloped molding
One of a continuous series of curves resembling segments of a circle, used as a decorative element on the outer edge of a strip of wood, molding etc.

scallop

1. any of various marine bivalves of the family Pectinidae, having a fluted fan-shaped shell: includes free-swimming species (genus Pecten) and species attached to a substratum (genus Chlamys)
2. the edible adductor muscle of certain of these molluscs
3. either of the shell valves of any of these molluscs
4. the shape of a scallop shell used as the badge of a pilgrim, esp in the Middle Ages

SCALLOP

(language, history)
A medium-level language for CDC computers, used to bootstrap the first Pascal compiler.
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In general, the frontal areas accumulate floating material and also invertebrate larvae (Mann & Lazier 1996); the mentioned one is characterized by the presence of extensive beds of the Patagonian scallop Zygochlamys patagonica (King, 1832), a pectinid species exploited by scallopers since 1996 (Lasta & Bremec 1998).
Hart and Chute (2009) instead proposed that scallopers tend to fish harder in areas where scallops grow faster, thus leaving fished areas with scallops that, on average, grow slower than those in closed areas.
Don't despair or let early-season scallopers ruin your plans to target finfish.
Hard clammers, soft clammers, and bay scallopers often work shorter days on the water.
And, with no competition from recreational scallopers, Cedar Key makes a good summertime destination for anglers.
The seagrass beds you'll cross on your way to Rock Point will finally be devoid of summer scallopers and the trout they scared away should have returned to fatten up for the winter.
From Hernando County, you'll have to run past the scallopers to get to the deep flats.
August's daytime water and air temperatures are going to be spoilers all along the Big Bend, but there are a couple of places where there might be fewer scallopers and good fishing potential during the "off hours." The stretch of Big Bend coastline from Yankeetown, at the mouth of the With lacoochee River, to the Suwannee River comes to mind when I'm thinking about early morning summertime fishing and avoiding crowds.
And despite tales of scallopers using shop vacuums to clean scallops, there are easier and less messy ways to get your catch to the table.
There will be some crossover at either end, as scallopers often launch boats at these places and make longish runs south or north to reach clearer water.