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Scallop Bed (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 536

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Faunal Bed
Biotic Subclass Soft Sediment Fauna
Biotic Group Scallop Bed
Biotic Community Argopecten Bed
Placopecten Bed

Definition Areas dominated by accumulations of scallops. Scallops have a series of small eyes and are mobile, clapping their shells together and pulsing through the water to escape predators such as starfish. Scallops may occur in high densities, but populations can be significantly affected by a number of factors, including larval recruitment, predation, and fishing pressure.