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Phylum Mollusca > Class Bivalvia > Family Pectinidae
Singapore scallop
Volachlamys singaporina*

Family Pectinidae
updated May 2020

Where seen? This small clam is often seen on our Northern shores among seagrasses, sometimes attached to other animals like Window-pane shells.

Features: Diameter 3-6cm. A circular two-part shell. When submerged, sparse long tentacles emerge, with dense shorter tentacles at the edge of the mantle. In some the shell is covered with encrusting organisms. When submerged, a fringe of tentacles emerge, some long and many short tentacles, with many tiny, well developed eyes along the mantle edge.

Changi, Jul 12

When submerged, tentacles and tiny eyes can be seen.

Changi, Jul 12

Changi, May 08

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Singapore scallops on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi Aug 18
Photo shared by Abel Yeo on facebook.

Chek Jawa, Jan 19
Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.

East Coast Park, May 21
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.



  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
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