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Common name for members of the phylum Mollusca, although usually restricted to the gastropods and bivalves.
Synonym(s): mollusc
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Any of numerous chiefly marine invertebrates of the phylum Mollusca, typically having a soft unsegmented body, a mantle, and a protective calcareous shell, and including the snails, clams, and squids.

mol·lus′cous (mə-lŭs′kəs) adj.
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, mollusc (mŏl′ŭsk)
Any member of the phylum Mollusca.
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In the methodology using 24-well plates with 3 snails (1 mollusk per well), the linear regression presented values of [R.sup.2] = 0.7014 and 0.6665, with standard deviation of 0.7091 and 0.6711 for 24 and 48 hours, respectively.
Although a female-biased sex ratio appears to be typical for many species of Unionicola (Mitchell 1965; Davids 1973; Baker 1987), there is little known about the impact of this population structure on the reproductive biology of Unionicola mollusk mites.
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These agencies and organizations share the tasks of 1) surveying streams to locate and assess targeted mollusk populations, 2) collecting broodstock for culture activities, 3) identifying stream segments for potential population restoration activities, 4) conducting life history research, 5) developing propagation technologies, and 6) funding the various aspects of the propagation and larger recovery program.
In Bearded Clam, 1997, a disarmingly tacky Neptunian realm contains two women making love inside a gaping mollusk; in one view it's a crude visual pun, in another an affecting, erotic fantasyscape.