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mollusc

(US), mollusk
any invertebrate of the phylum Mollusca, having a soft unsegmented body and often a shell, secreted by a fold of skin (the mantle). The group includes the gastropods (snails, slugs, etc.), bivalves (clams, mussels, etc.), and cephalopods (cuttlefish, octopuses, etc.)
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He is the author of 25 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and one book titled "Mites of Freshwater Mollusks.
In all cases except one, continental (fluvial) mollusk localities plot on land, mostly along noted rivers leading to Western Interior Seaway coastlines.
As Nancy Princenthal notes in her brief catalogue essay, "the mollusks are faceless and 'alien' except for their expressive eyes and: A tall, sagacious-looking octopus whom Fox calls the 'elder' is paired with a full-skirted 'dowager'; there is a cuttlefish 'butler', erect and tight-lipped and an octopus 'codger', its small eyes puffy-lidded and doleful.
Shipworms are mollusks and are clam-like creatures that use their shells as drills and feed on wood by burrowing into the wood fibers.
fossil is helping us to understand the relationship between two mollusk groups, which is also helping us to understand how mollusks have evolved on Earth.
New Species Discovered in 2008 Taxonomic Group Percent Insects 48 Mollusks (squid, snails) 5 Plants (including algae) 12 Crustaceans (crabs, shrimp) 10 Fungi (molds, mushrooms) 7 Arachnids (spiders, mites) 7 Vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, fish) 5 Other (sponges, worms, bacteria, protists) 6 SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SPECIES EXPLORATION New Species Discovered in 2008 Other 6% Vertebrates 5% Arachnids 7% Fungi 7% Crustaceans 10% Plants 12% Mollusks 5% Insects 48% Note: Table made form pie chart.
Considering the group as a whole while noting variation, they cover biology; distribution, dispersal potential, and dispersal mechanisms; using physiological and ecological requirements and environmental tolerances for assessing risk of invasion; searching, finding, and interpreting to monitor; impacts of macro-foulers on man-made structures; ecological, socio-economic, and beneficial impacts of aquatic invasive mollusks; weapons of mollusk destruction; domination by chlorination; and mitigating aquatic invasive gastropods.
He said mollusks live at limited temperatures, so their presence showed that the climatic conditions in those times were similar to now.
When a malacologist studies mollusks, what do you think they look for?
Known widely during the nineteenth century for their large river shoals and unique fauna, these basins served as primary centers of speciation and endemism for mollusks, fishes, crayfishes, and other aquatic organisms.
Enthusiastically recommended for parents and teachers working to introduce the alphabet to preschoolers and kindergarten students, Pocket Snails: Aquaphonic Adventure is an animated adventure in which three clever mollusks work as a team to help their friend Jake (whose pocket they live in) learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet.
What could be more elegant, more simple, more brilliant, more economical, more creative, indeed more divine than a planet with millions of life forms, distinct and yet interactive, all ultimately derived from accumulated variations in a single double-stranded molecule, pliable and fecund enough to give us mollusks and mice, Newton and Einstein?