Giant Rock Scallop  : Hinnites giganteus


Giant Rock Scallop
  : Hinnites giganteus

10" long. This species develops and behaves like other scallops  and is free-swimming until its valves grow to about 1" (25 mm). At that time is settles on a solid object and  its mantle secretes a limy material, cementing down the lover (right) shell and  making the animal sedentary for the rest of its life. 

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