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a member of the largest class of phylum mollusca. Characteristics generally include: a foot upon which the rest of the body (called the visceral mass) sits, a well-developed head, a protective one-piece shell, and body torsion - where most of the visceral mass is twisted anticlockwise 180 degrees so that the back end of the animal is positioned over its head. The class includes the snails, slugs, sea hares, sea slugs, limpets, and abolone.Compare brachiopod.

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help i.d a gastropod

Photo-0005.jpg Photo-0006.jpg can somebody tell me the scientific or even just the common name of this species of shell. i tried to search the net for the scientific name of this shell but i can't find an exact match for this. i think that this belongs to the family Strombidae, but i'm not quiet su...

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by biomeeh
Wed May 18, 2011 3:25 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: help i.d a gastropod
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Re: Vertebrates and invertebrates

... gills) Dorsal Nerve Chord (the spinal chord and brain in vertebrates) There are more specific features for vertebrates; lensed eyes (similar to gastropod and annelid eyes), jaws on all but the agnathans, an endoskeleton, etc... and for most of them there is invertebrate group(s) that share similar ...

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by Chroma
Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:26 am
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Topic: Vertebrates and invertebrates
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Animal Name Game!

Is it a cephalopod? Is it a cuddlefish? Is it a squid? Is it a octopus? Torsion is the process a Gastropod goes through when it moved it's body about 180 degrees so it ends up pooping on it's head. (I've read slugs go through torsion, but then reverse it.)

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by February Beetle
Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:56 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Animal Name Game!
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