Malacology is the study of mollusks. This includes animals like octopus, snails, slugs, and clams. It is the second largest phylum of animals, making them one of the most successful groups on the planet. There are over 80,000 described species of mollusks with many more left to be discovered. Mullusca is composed of 8 recognized classes including Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Polyplacophora, Scaphapoda, Monoplacophorans, the Aplacophorans, Caudofoveata and Solenogastres, and Bivalvia.
Atlantic Bay Scallop
Massachusetts to the Gulf of Mexico
0 to 20 meters
Suspension feeder; They feed on algae and organic particles
Marine; Shallow water around seagrass
The Atlantic Bay Scallop is the official state shell of New York. They are a commercially significant species that is harvested and aquacultured along the US East coast.
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