Queen Scallop

Collected at South Bay, Scarborough, 17 October.
Collected at South Bay, Scarborough, 17 October.

The lower (right) valve of the queen scallop, Aequipecten opercularis, is flatter than the upper valve.

The ‘front’  or anterior ear of the hinge is always longer than the rear (posterior) ear, which in this specimen appears to have been chipped away still further. This scallop starts its life attached to the sand or gravel of the sea bed but it’s capable of swimming by flapping its shells.

Keel Worm and Barnacles

barnacles and keel worm tubesAmongst the tubes of the keel worm, Pomatoceros triqueter, there are several barnacle shells. The keel worm is an annelid worm, which catches its food by waving its tentacles. It can withdraw into its calcareous tube and protect itself by closing a trapdoor, the operculum, across the entrance.

Sea Mat

sea matDown between the ribs, centre left on this high res scan of the shell, is a small colony of sea mat, a bryozoan, which, like the keel worm, is a filter feeder.

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