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Cockles, Clams, And Razor Shells Animal

Cockles, Clams, And Razor Shells Animal

The Cockles, Clams, And Razor Shells Animal sand gaper, Mya arenaria, is found in European waters, the North Atlantic, and the eastern Pacific. Cockles, Clams, And Razor Shells Animal It is harvested commercially in the United States for research and culinary use. Length about 6 inches (15 cm)

Common name: Cockles, Clams, And Razor Shells Animal Lucines, astartes, hatchet shells, cockles, giant Clams, Venus shells, carpet shells, razor shells, soft shelled clams, jewel box shells, wedge shells, piddocks

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Cockles, Clams, And Razor Shells Animal Facts:

Order: Eulamellibranchia

Class: Bivalvia

Phylum: Mollusca

Number of species: About 4,000

Size: 0.04 in (1 mm) to 4.3 ft (1.3 m)

Key features: Adult body enclosed in 2 equal or nearly equal shells hinged together by a few large hinge teeth separated from distinct long side teeth clear space, head poorly developed; mantle edges fused together in the lower back, forming distinct inhalant and exhalant water openings, which are sometimes extended out as tubular siphons; many highly adapted to life burrowing in sediment, deep burrowers have long siphons

Habits: Bottom-dwelling burrowing animals species are marine, found at all depths in seas and oceans

Breeding: Hermaphrodites, with sexes changing from males to females with age and sometimes changing back to male again to repeat the cycle; sperm and eggs released into the seawater via the exhalant water current and siphon; fertilization occurs in no courtship or mating behavior, planktonic suspension-feeding larva; no care of young

Diet: Adults feed on suspended or deposited microorganisms and particles of detritus, larvae feed on phytoplankton

Habitat: Widely distributed on the seabed and between the tidemarks

Distribution: All the world’s seas and oceans at most depths

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