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.
Massachusetts to Florida
0 to 70 meters
Carnivore; They feed on a variety of bivalves including oysters.
Marine; Shallow to moderately shallow water including oyster reefs and clam beds.
It is the official state shell of New Jersey and Georgia.
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