Rocky Shore: Bivalves
The word "bivalve" comes from the Latin for "Two Doors" and refers to animals in the phylum Mollusca with a hinged, two-part, shell. This group includes scallops, mussels, clams, and oysters.

Typically filter feeders, meaning they strain seawater through their bodies and capture bits of plant and animal matter, most bivalves are important food sources for a number of different animals, including humans.

This diverse group can be found across the globe from the small mussels of freshwater streams to the giant clams of the deep sea.

Move carefully as you search the rocks of the intertidal, these adaptable creatures are hiding around every corner!
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