Lion's Paw (Lyropecten nodosa) - ROM2004_861_2

Lion's paw, Lyropecten nodosa

Lion's Paw (Lyropecten nodosa)

length=10.5; height=10.0 cm
(measurements are for the largest specimen)
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumMollusca
    • ClassBivalvia
    • OrderPectinida
    • FamilyPectinidae
    • GenusLyropecten
    • SpecificEpithetnodosa
Object number: ROMIZ M12445
On view
DescriptionThis spectacular scallop is characterized by few ribs that radiate from a common center and have large water-filled nodes, which are large hollow knobs or bumps. It is capable of swimming by rapidly opening and closing the two opposing valves of the shell producing a jet of water which propels the animal. It has a corrugated shell surface which aids swimming in that the strength of the shell is increased without increasing its weight. It is found offshore to 30 metres from North Carolina to Brazil and in the Ascension Islands. This species varies in colour from a rich brick red to lemon yellow and reaches a diameter of 12 to 15 cm.
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