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Oysters’ shells were made into concrete and other materials used in construction during the Industrial Revolution.
Scientists Use Sound to Attract Baby Oysters Back to the Reef
Meet the team trying to restore mollusk populations with the help of underwater speakers.
Scientists Use Sound to Attract Baby Oysters Back to the Reef
Scientists Use Sound to Attract Baby Oysters Back to the Reef

Meet the team trying to restore mollusk populations with the help of underwater speakers.

Meet the team trying to restore mollusk populations with the help of underwater speakers.

mollusks
a black abalone on a rock
Genome Spotlight: Black Abalone (Haliotis cracherodii)
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jun 23, 2022 | 3 min read
The researchers who constructed the first reference genome for this critically endangered mollusk say it will assist restoration efforts.
Cuttlefish, cephalopod, mollusk, mollusca, animal behavior, marshmallow test, cognition, intelligence, evolution
Cuttlefish Delay Gratification, a Sign of Smarts
Asher Jones | Mar 5, 2021 | 8 min read
The cephalopods resisted temptation for up to 130 seconds to earn their favorite food, hinting at sophisticated cognitive abilities such as planning for the future.
wood-boring clam
Image of the Day: Not What You Think
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 4, 2019 | 2 min read
Newly discovered and rather phallic-looking clams dwell at the bottom of the ocean and are some of only a few animals known to eat wood.  

Image of the Day: On the Rocks
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 15, 2019 | 1 min read
Otters leave distinct patterns of wear on rocks they use for pounding mussels.
Image of the Day: Gnashers
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 18, 2019 | 1 min read
A mollusk grows magnetic teeth so tough they can grind down rocks.  
Image of the Day: Ab Lab
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 6, 2018 | 1 min read
Marine scientists are making efforts to replenish abalones along the shores of California.
Image of the Day: Lonesome Clam 
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Dec 12, 2017 | 1 min read
Researchers have undertaken a comprehensive study on the status of giant clams across the world. 
Image of the Day: Mussel Bubble
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Nov 27, 2017 | 1 min read
Scientists examine the effect of ocean acidification on mussel larvae.
Image of the Day: Toothy Slugs
The Scientist Staff | Feb 6, 2017 | 1 min read
The 480–million-year old Calvapilosa kroegerii was a spiny slug with a tongue lined with hundreds of tiny teeth.
Light Sensors in Cephalopod Skin
Kerry Grens | May 21, 2015 | 1 min read
Squid, cuttlefish, and octopuses possess vision machinery in their skin.
Mollusk Mockup
Molly Sharlach | Feb 1, 2015 | 3 min read
Researchers develop a “micro-scallop” meant to glide through biological fluids by opening and closing a pair of silicone shells.
Shell Games
Molly Sharlach | Jan 31, 2015 | 1 min read
See how scallop locomotion informed the design of a microscopic robot that could one day navigate our circulatory systems.
Panic of the Disco Clam
Jenny Rood | Jan 6, 2015 | 2 min read
The mollusk’s flashy tactics scare off predators.
Ocean Acidification Harming Shellfish
Bob Grant | Dec 17, 2014 | 2 min read
Researchers determine why larval oysters and mussels are sensitive to reduced pH.
Searching for Snails
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2012 | 3 min read
A graduate student rediscovers a snail species officially declared extinct in 2000.
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