TITLE

Mollusk

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Mollusk, an animal belonging to the phylum Mollusca, a major division of invertebrates (animals without backbones). Examples of mollusks are oysters, mussels, squids, octopuses, and snails; there are about 80,000 species. Mollusks are popularly called shellfish, but this term also applies to lobsters, crabs, and prawns, members of another phylum. Most of the shells found along the seashore, however, are those of mollusks. The scientific study of mollusks is called malacology.
ACCESSION #
37309715

 

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