Mollusca


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Mol·lus·ca

(mo-lŭs'kă),
A phylum of the subkingdom Metazoa with soft, unsegmented bodies, consisting of an anterior head, a dorsal visceral mass and a ventral foot. Most forms are enclosed in a protective calcareous shell. Mollusca includes the classes Gastropoda (snails, whelks, slugs), Pelecypoda (oysters, clams, mussels), Cephalopoda (squids, octopuses), Amphineura (chitons), Scaphopoda (tooth shells), and the class of primitive metameric mollusks, Monoplacophora.
[L. mollusca, a nut with a thin shell, fr. mollis, soft]

Mollusca

(mŏl-lŭs′kă)
A phylum of animals that includes the bivalves (mussels, oysters, clams), slugs, and snails. Snails are intermediate hosts for many parasitic flukes. Oysters, clams, and mussels, esp. if inadequately cooked, may transmit the hepatitis A virus or bacterial pathogens.
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Report on the marine testaceous Mollusca of the north-east Atlantic and neighbouring seas.
Sinop ve Bafra'da bazi tatli sulardaki mollusca tA1/4rleri A1/4zerine bir Aln arastirma (A preliminary study on mollusca species in some freshwater environments of Sinop and Bafra).
The marine Mollusca of the United Arab Emirates, Arabian Gulf.
Scyliorhinus canicula exhibited a diverse diet, composed of 63 different taxa, belonging to eight taxonomical groups: Sipuncula, Annelida, Crustacea, Mollusca, Echinodermata, Urochordata, Chondrichthyes, and Teleostei, as well as unidentified materials (Table 1).
Fifth contribution to a knowledge of the fresh-water Mollusca of Kansas.
Ar waetha'r enw cyffredin 'cuttlefish' yn Saesneg, nid pysgod mo'r rhain ond aelodau o'r ffylwm Mollusca, ac mae astudiaethau diweddar wedi dangos fod y twyllwyr du ymhlith y rhai mwyaf deallus o'r anifeiliaid di-asgwrn-cefn.
We are never alone in this Universe; just think of the teeming life that shares this house - everything from pinhole-boring bugs to rats - I've counted over one hundred species of insects, mollusca and mammals that live in my lodging house, excluding the lodgers.