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Mollusca (Molluscs)

  1. Gerhard Haszprunar

Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001598



How to Cite

Haszprunar, G. 2001. Mollusca (Molluscs). eLS. .

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  1. Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Munich, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2001


Mollusca are bilateral (or secondarily asymmetrical) coelomate Protostomia with spiral cleavage and mostly a (often modified) trochophore-like larva. Most species are provided with spicule or shell (plates), a mantle cavity with gills, a ciliary or muscular gliding sole (foot), a visceral portion with heart and excretory organs and alimentary tract with rasping tongue (radula).


  • diversity;
  • bauplan;
  • evolution;
  • phylogeny