This website is a taxonomic synopsis of worldwide living scallops, glass-scallops and micro-scallops (Bivalvia: Pectinoidea: Propeamussiidae, Cyclochlamydidae and Pectinidae).
It contains the following items:
2. Genera & higher taxa
3. Genera & species (alphabetical catalogue)
4. Species (systematical catalogue)
5. Genera & species (chronological catalogue)
6. New taxa and nomina nova described by H.H. Dijkstra
7. Publications of H.H. Dijkstra
9. Acronyms of institutions and museums
Red dot = type locality; blue dot(s) = distribution
Among conchologists scallops are a popular group of bivalves due to their different shape, size, sculpture and above all its richness of colour. Nearly 500 species are occurring in polar, temperate and tropical regions and are living in shallow waters (littorally: mainly pectinids) and deep-water (bathyally and abyssally: generally propeamussiids). Some species are of commercial interest and are aquacultured (Shumway, 1991).
In the past several authors worked on pectinoids (Smith, Dall, Bavay, Hertlein, Grau, and others) and more recently Waller (higher taxa) and Dijkstra (lower taxa). Recently an iconography of the family Pectinidae is published by Raines & Poppe (2006). An annotated catalogue of the families Propeamussiidae and Cyclochlaydidae will be published by Dijkstra in the near future.
Some items are still under construction and the site will be updated irregularly. If you have any questions about this scallop-site, do not hesitate to contact me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). More information on scallops could you found on Wikipedia. The website (http://pectinidae.weebly.com) provides information on original descriptions and figures of fossil and living taxa, and also information on nomenclature and literature.
Special thanks are due to the following persons for comments, suggestions, corrections, additions and supplying images for this site:
Kathie Way (Natural History Museum at London): providing an alphabetical catalogue of genera and species.
Arne Ghys (Belgium, www.pectensite.com) and John Wolff (U.S.A.): corrections and additions.
José & Marcus Coltro (Brazil, www.femorale.com.br) and Guido Poppe (Belgium, Philippines, www.conchology.be): images.
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