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NOAA Photo Library Image - fish7976

The sea scallop - an inhabitant of waters off the Atlantic coast - is a striking example of genetic variation in nature. Though the shape of the shell is uniform, markings and color in this single species vary widely. Selective breeding for desirable traits (e.g., better flesh color or larger size) is one of the goals of artificial cultivation.

Image ID: fish7976, NOAA's Historic Fisheries Collection
Location: Atlantic Ocean
Credit: NOAA Central Library Historical Fisheries Collection; P. 450 of "Our Changing Fisheries" 1970 Centenary NMFS centenary volume

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