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Malacology

Malacology is the field of science which studies the molluscs (phylum Mollusca) which includes familiar groups of invertebrates (animals without a back bone) including snails and slugs, clams and mussels, squids, octopuses, scallops, oysters, and chitons.  The molluscs are one of the most diverse groups of animals on our planet with over 100,000 known species (up to 200,000 more likely).  They occur within almost every type of habitat, from the deep seas to dry deserts, as important members of the ecosystem.  Most mollusc species secrete hard shells which are collected by beach combers worldwide.  Historically, humans have used molluscs as food, material for weapons, money, religion, and jewelry.   

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Divers Collecting Tagged Mussels
Published July 27, 2021 | Malacology

Zebra and quagga mussels can be aggressive invaders of waterbodies and, when they reach high densities, can be devastating to native mussel populations (among other impacts).  Many lakes and rivers that once supported abundant and diverse communities of native mussels have seen declines after...

Tagged Mussels
Published July 31, 2020 | Malacology

Challenges in science often require solutions from across various disciplines and involve collaborations between diverse agencies. A recent agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Arconic to protect habitat and freshwater mussels in the Lower...

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