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Common name for members of the phylum Mollusca, although usually restricted to the gastropods and bivalves.
Synonym(s): mollusc




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.


, mollusc (mŏl′ŭsk)
Any member of the phylum Mollusca.
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Mollusks are animals that have soft bodies with no inner skeletons.
Another mollusk recovery effort initiated by the FWS Jackson Office and SARI involves the plicate rocksnail (Leptoxis plicata).
To see how the flatworm uses its toxic arsenal, Ritson-Williams offered it various mollusks.
At UCSB, two female mollusks spawned 6 million eggs - each the size of a grain of sand - fertilized by one male.
In April, after a months-long undersea search that found only 18 adults, two female mollusks spawned 6 million eggs, each the size of a grain of sand, fertilized by one male at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Guided by known vertebrate steroid receptors and the new mollusk receptor, the team then deduced a probable amino acid sequence for the ancestral protein in both vertebrates and invertebrates.
They can take in some sea films and, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, they can hear sea stories and see puppet shows about mollusks, those spineless wonders of the briny sea that make up more than 100,000 species, including clams, oysters, conches, snails, squid and octopuses.
Although the eels survived the extinctions at the end of the Eocene, about 90 percent of their neighboring mollusk species didn't.
Ctenoides ales clams put on a steady show not known in any other mollusk.
Although Unionicola mollusk mites have been traditionally recognized as parasites, there is little known about the nutritional dependence of these mites on their hosts or the impact that unionicolids may have on the hosts with which they are associated.
In all cases except one, continental (fluvial) mollusk localities plot on land, mostly along noted rivers leading to Western Interior Seaway coastlines.
To generate these discoveries, a research partnership called the Philippine Mollusk Symbiont International Cooperative Biodiversity Group was formed.