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Mollusks: A Case Study
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Mollusks: A Case Study

How is a garden snail related to a giant squid? They’re both mollusks. More than 50,000 species of these soft-bodied invertebrates exist today.

From shell-less, toxic nudibranchs to color-changing cuttlefish, there's so much to explore in the incredibly diverse world of mollusks. Take a look!

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Squiggle Squid

Squiggle Squid

Help Squiggle Squid, son of the legendary Kraken, capture the Coral Crown. Watch out for the pesky sea urchins as you squirt around collecting plankton and pearls. More...

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Armor Games
A Different Kind of Mating Dance

A Different Kind of Mating Dance

It’s sea slug love! Researchers are excited to discover a never-before-seen mating behavior in an unknown species. Watch the video. More...

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New York Times
Geerat Vermeij, Evolutionary Biologist: Reading a Shell’s Story

Geerat Vermeij, Evolutionary Biologist: Reading a Shell’s Story

With his fingertips, Geerat Vermeij can read life and death struggles in mollusk shells. Here, he shares what sparked his fascination with the mollusk’s defensive armor. More...

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Great Escape

Clamming up isn’t the only defensive move for scallops. Watch this video to see what happens when a scallop-eating starfish gets too close. More...

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How Mollusk Blood Could Cure Cancer

How Mollusk Blood Could Cure Cancer

Researchers have discovered a protein in the blood of giant keyhole limpets that triggers an immune response in humans — and can possibly fight cancer. Get more details here. More...

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Learn About Mollusks

Learn About Mollusks

Want to know more about mollusk anatomy? Check out this diagram and get the facts on a mollusk's mantle, nervous system, muscular “foot,” and important organs. More...

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Science with Me!
Living Color

Living Color

Check out photos of brilliant and bizarre nudibranchs. Some of these shell-less mollusks produce toxins — and their bright colors warn predators to steer clear. More...

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National Geographic
Mala-whaaa? Discover the Incredible World of Mollusks

Mala-whaaa? Discover the Incredible World of Mollusks

From common snails to intelligent squid, the mollusk family is diverse. So what do they all have in common? Find out here, in an explanation of malacology, or the study of mollusks. More...

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Houston Museum of Natural Science
Mollusk Quiz

Mollusk Quiz

From giant clams and octopi to slugs and snails, there’s a lot to know about mollusks. See if you can ace this quiz. More...

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Sheppard Software
Mollusks

Mollusks

This site introduces some of the amazing mollusks living on the Great Barrier Reef: venomous snails, color-shifting cuttlefish, tiny chitons, giant clams, and other distinctive invertebrates. More...

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Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real

Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real

Get ready to be blown away by the first video footage of a true giant squid in its natural habitat. Once the stuff of legend, this monster-sized mollusk actually exists! More...

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