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Pecten is a genus of large scallops or saltwater clams, marine bivalve mollusks in the family Pectinidae, the scallops. This is the type genus of the family.

Temporal range: Cretaceous - Recent
Pecten maximus Pilgermuschel.jpg
Two beachworn upper valves of Pecten maximus from Wales
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Pectinoida
Superfamily: Pectinoidea
Family: Pectinidae
Subfamily: Pectininae
Tribe: Pectinini
Genus: Pecten
O. F. Müller, 1776

This genus is known in the fossil record from the Cretaceous period to the Quaternary period (age range: from 70.6 to 0.0 million years ago). Fossil shells within this genus have been found all over the world. [1]



The name Pecten is from the Latin word for a comb or rake. [2] Since 1904, a Pecten shell has been used as the basis of the logo of Shell petroleum company.

Fossil shells of Pecten nigromagnus from Pliocene of Italy


Species in the genus Pecten include:



  • Frank H.T. Rodes, Herbert S. Zim en Paul R. Shaffer (1993) - Natuurgids Fossielen (het ontstaan, prepareren en rangschikken van fossielen), Zuidnederlandse Uitgeverij N.V., Aartselaar. ISBN D-1993-0001-361
  • Cyril Walker & David Ward (1993) - Fossielen: Sesam Natuur Handboeken, Bosch & Keuning, Baarn. ISBN 90-246-4924-2


  1. ^ Fossilworks
  2. ^
  3. ^ Fossil Shells
  4. ^ World Register of Marine Species
  5. ^ Paleobiology Database
  6. ^ Catalogue of life
  7. ^ Encyclopedia of life
  8. ^ Branch, G.M., Branch, M.L, Griffiths, C.L. and Beckley, L.E (2005): Two Oceans: a guide to the marine life of southern Africa ISBN 0-86486-672-0