- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Mollusca
- Class: Bivalvia
- Order: Pectinoida
- Family: Pectinidae
- Scientific name: Mimachlamys varia
- Norwegian: urskjell
This a medium sized scallop. The oval shell is not exceeding 7 cm in diameter. It has 25-30 bold, radial ribs. A characteristic feature for adult individuals are the spines on the ribs. The variegated scallop comes in a wide range of color shades from off-white, through yellow and orange, to brown and red.
The juveniles are often attached to the substrate or algae, using its byssus threads, while adults are free-swimming. It is usually found from the subtidal zone and down to 100 meters depth.
The variegated scallop is widespread in the East Atlantic Ocean, from Norway to the South-Africa, including the British Isles and the Azores.