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Phylum Mollusca. clams, snails, slugs, and octopuses. What is a mollusck?. Slugs, snails, squids, and some animals that live in shells in the ocean or on the beach. Live in the ocean, freshwater, and moist terrestrial habitats.

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phylum mollusca

Phylum Mollusca

clams, snails, slugs, and octopuses

what is a mollusck
What is a mollusck?
  • Slugs, snails, squids, and some animals that live in shells in the ocean or on the beach
  • Live in the ocean, freshwater, and moist terrestrial habitats.
  • Some have shells, and others (slugs and squids) are adapted to life without a hard covering.
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Bilateral symmetry

Coelomate

Digestive tract with two openings

Muscular foot

Mantle.

Visceral mass

Shell

Mantle

Foot

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Mantle (MAN tuhl) - membrane that surrounds the internal organs of the mollusk. In shelled mollusks, the mantle secretes the shell.

Mantle

Visceralmass

Shell

Mantle

Foot

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How mollusks obtain food

  • Use a rasping structure called a radula to obtain food.

Radula

  • A radula (RA juh luh), located within the mouth of a mollusk, is a tonguelike organ with rows of teeth. The radula is used to drill, scrape, grate, or cut food.
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Octopuses and squids are predators that use their radulas to tear up the food that they capture with their tentacles.

  • Other mollusks are grazers and some are filter feeders.
  • Bivalves do not have radulas; they filter food from the water.
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Reproduction in mollusks

  • Reproduce sexually and most have separate sexes.
  • Eggs and sperm are released at the same time into the water, where external fertilization takes place.
  • Many gastropods that live on land, and a few bivalves, are hermaphrodites and produce both eggs and sperm. Fertilization is internal.
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Some marine mollusks have free swimming larvae that propel themselves.

  • Veliger stage – after larva, in which the beginnings of a foot, shell, and mantle can be seen.
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Nervous control in mollusks

  • Simple nervous systems that coordinate their movement and behavior.
  • Some more advanced mollusks have a brain.

In fact, cephalopods are considered the smartest of all invertebrates!

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Nervous control in mollusks

  • Eyes range from simple cups that detect light to the complex eyes of octopuses with irises, pupils, and retinas similar to the eyes of humans.
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Circulation in mollusks

  • Well-developed circulatory system that includes a three-chambered heart.

Heart

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In most mollusks, the heart pumps blood through an open circulatory system.

  • In an open circulatory system, the blood moves through vessels and into open spaces around the body organs.
  • Some mollusks, such as octopuses, move nutrients and oxygen through a closed circulatory system.
  • In a closed circulatory system, blood moves through the body enclosed entirely in a series of blood vessels.
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Respiration in mollusks

  • Most mollusks have gills.
  • Gills are specialized parts of the mantle. They consist filamentous projections that contain a rich supply of blood for the transport for gases.
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Excretion in mollusks

  • Mollusks are the oldest known animals to have nephridia.
  • Nephridia (nih FRIH dee uh) are organs that remove metabolic wastes from an animal’s body.
  • Mollusks have one or two nephridia that collect wastes from the coelom, which is located around the heart only.
  • Wastes are discharged into the mantle cavity, and expelled from the body by the pumping of the gills.
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Diversity of Mollusks

Three mollusk classes

  • Gastropoda
  • Bivalvia
  • Cephalopoda
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Gastropods: One-shelled mollusks

  • Gastropoda (stomach-footed) – largest class
  • foot is positioned under the rest of its body.
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Snails, abalones, conches, periwinkles, whelks, limpets, cowries, and cones.

  • Bodies of slugs are protected by a thick layer of mucus.
  • Colorful sea slugs are protected in another way.
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Sea slugs feed on jellyfishes and incorporate the poisonous nematocysts into their own tissues without causing these cells to discharge.

  • Nematocysts discharge into the predator.
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Bivalves: Two-shelled mollusks

  • clams, oysters, and scallops
  • Most are marine, but a few species live in freshwater habitats.
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Bivalves: Two-shelled mollusks

  • No distinct head or radula.
  • Use their large, muscular footfor burrowing in the mud or sand at the bottom of the ocean or a lake.
  • A ligament, like a hinge, connects their two shells, called valves; strong muscles allow the valves to open and close over the soft body.
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Bivalves: Two-shelled mollusks

  • Bivalves are filter feeders
  • Gill cilia beat to draw water in through an incurrent siphon.
  • As water moves over the gills, food and sediments become trapped in mucus.
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Bivalves: Two-shelled mollusks

  • Cilia that line the gills push food particles to the mouth.
  • Large particles, sediment, and anything else that is rejected is transported to the mantle where it is expelled through the excurrent siphon, or to the foot, where it is eliminated from the animal’s body.
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Cephalopods: Head-footed mollusks

  • Octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and chambered nautilus
  • The only cephalopod with a shell is the chambered nautilus, but some species, such as the cuttlefish, have a reduced internal shell.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4470831559926267392

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Cephalopods: Head-footed mollusks

  • Foot has evolved into tentacles with suckers, hooks, or adhesive structures
  • Cephalopods swim or walk over the ocean floor, capturing prey with their tentacles.
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Cephalopods: Head-footed mollusks

  • Once tentacles have captured prey, it is brought to the mouth and bitten with beaklike jaws.
  • Food is torn and pulled into the mouth by the radula
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Cephalopods: Head-footed mollusks

  • Cephalopods have siphons that expel water.
  • Can expel water forcefully in any direction, and move quickly by jet propulsion.
  • Squids can attain speed of 20m per second using this system of movement.

Direction of squid

Water in

Water out

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Cephalopods: Head-footed mollusks

  • Squids and octopuses also can release a dark fluid to cloud the water.
  • This “ink” helps to confuse their predators so they can make a quick escape.
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Cephalopods: Head-footed mollusks

Cephalopods also use chromatophores to camoflague themselves. Can you see the octopus in this video?

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4108884997661854980

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Cephalopods: Head-footed mollusks

Cephalopods have been known to break out of aquariums in search of food and board fishing boats and open holds to eat crabs.

In the UK they are considered “honorary vertebrates” and are protected by animal cruelty legislation.

In some countries they are on the list of experimental animals that cannot be operated on without anesthesia.

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