The Atlantic Calico Scallop is one of my favorite shells found in Southwest Florida. It features a lovely "calico" patchwork pattern of pink, red and white. The photo above includes some of our favorites we've found on the beach. They are very plentiful on Sanibel Island, and easy to spot since they are so bright.
Scientific name: Argopecten gibbus
Calico scallops are bivalve (two-shells) molluscs
Coloring: patterns of pink, purple and white (and sometimes orange and grey)
Size: up to 3 inches
Where to find: coastal waters from Maryland to Florida, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and down to Brazil.
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