Atlantic Bay Scallop

Argopecten irradians

This popular edible scallop is found in eelgrass in the shallow water of bays. It grows to 2 to 3 inches. The shells vary in color from reddish brown to gray, bluish or white.

Photograph of Atlantic Bay Scallop on left, Calico Scallop on right

Calico Scallop

Argopecten gibbus

The calico scallop is smaller than the bay scallop (1-2 1/2 inches) with a deeper shell. Shells tend to be brightly colored and have a mottled appearance. Coloration will generally be irregular blotches of purple, white, yellow, and red.


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