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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Spiralia
Cladus: Lophotrochozoa
Phylum: Mollusca
Classis: Bivalvia
Subclassis: Pteriomorphia
Ordo: Pectinida
Superfamilia: Pectinoidea

Familia: Pectinidae
Subfamilia: Pedinae
Genus: Aequipecten
Species: A. atlanticus – A. commutatus – A. exasperatus – A. flabellum – A. glyptus – A. heliacus – A. lineolaris – A. muscosus – A. nicklesi – A. opercularis – A. phrygius – A. tehuelchus

Aequipecten P. Fischer, 1886

Aequipecten – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
Aequipecten P. Fischer, 1886 WoRMS

Aequipecten is a genus of scallops, marine bivalve mollusks in the family Pectinidae.[1]

Fossil records

This genus is very ancient. It is known in the fossil records from the Triassic to the Quaternary (age range: from 247.2 to 0.0 million years ago). Fossils are found in the marine strata throughout the world.[2]
Fossil valve of Aequipecten radians from Pliocene of Italy

Species within the genus Aequipecten include:

Aequipecten acanthodes (Dall, 1925) — thistle scallop
Aequipecten audouinii (Paryaudeau 1826) — sometimes given as a subspecies of A. opercularis
Aequipecten commutatus (Monterosato, 1875) — Canestrello scallop
Aequipecten gibbus (Linnaeus, 1758) — calico scallop
Aequipecten glyptus (Wood, 1828) — red-ribbed scallop
Aequipecten heliacus (Dall, 1925)
Aequipecten irradians — Atlantic bay scallop
Aequipecten lindae (Petuch, 1995)
Aequipecten lineolaris (Lamarck, 1819) — wavy-lined scallop
Aequipecten linki (Dall, 1926)
Aequipecten muscosus — rough scallop
Aequipecten opercularis (Linnaeus, 1758) — Queen scallop
Aequipecten tehuelchus (D'Orbigny, 1846) — Tehuelche scallop


Abbott, R.T. & Morris, P.A. A Field Guide to Shells: Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 30-31.

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