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Chinese Pond Mussel Sinanodonta woodiana
2013-10-11 11:20:39

The Chinese Pond Mussel (Sinanodonta woodiana), known also as the Eastern Asiatic Freshwater Clam or the Swan-mussel, is a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Uniondale, the river mussels. The shell is brown or blackish, occasionally with a greenish hue, the color varying but normally more intensively colored at the periphery. The shape is...

Corbicula fluminea
2013-10-11 11:17:31

Corbicula fluminea is a species of freshwater clam, an aquatic bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Corbiculidae. This species is originally from Asian origin, therefore it is often referred to as the Asian Clam or Asiatic Clam. Within the aquarium and koi pond trade it is frequently called the Golden Clam or Golden Freshwater Clam. Within southeast Asia its known as the Prosperity Clam...

Pinctada Maxima
2013-04-25 16:49:52

Pinctada maxima is a species of pearl oyster, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pteriidae, the pearl oysters. There are two different color varieties: the White lipped oyster and the Gold lipped oyster. These bivalves are considered to be the largest pearl oysters in the world. They have a very strong inner shell layer composed of nacre, also known as “mother of pearl”....

Flat Tree Oyster Isognomon alatus
2013-04-25 16:28:02

The Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Isognomonidae. It can be seen along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from southern Florida to Brazil and Bermuda. This oyster has two thin and irregularly shaped valves that are joined by a long straight hinge. The exterior is sculpted by a large number of rough, concentric rings with...

Cockscomb Oyster Lopha cristagalli
2013-04-17 11:50:41

Lopha cristagalli, also known as cockscomb oyster, is a species of marine bivalve mollusks within the family Ostreidae. This species has a shell with the potential to reach a maximum diameter of roughly 20.5 centimeters, 10 centimeters being the most common. The coloration varies from dark to light purple and is thick, strongly ribbed, and slightly inequitable shell. The shell inside is...

Windowpane Oyster Placuna placenta
2013-04-16 21:15:37

The windowpane oyster, Placuna placenta, alternatively known as capiz, is a bivalve marine mollusk belonging to the family Placunidae. Among the species within the genus, only the P. placenta has an outer shell that is sufficiently translucent for commercial use. This mollusk can be found from the shallows of the Gulf of Aden, to around India, then Malaysia to the southern South China Sea,...

Spondylus Varius
2013-04-16 19:08:59

Spondylus varius, a species of large saltwater clam, is a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Spondylidae, the thorny oysters. Spondylus varius reaches a maximum of about 15 to 20 centimeters. It lives at depths of up to 30 meters and, like most bivalves, is a filter feeder, utilizing plankton as a food source. This species can be seen in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, China,...

Bathymodiolus Thermophilus
2013-04-16 18:50:25

Bathymodiolus thermophilus is a species of large, deepwater mussel, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Mytilidae. The species was discovered at abyssal depths when submersible vehicles began exploring the deep ocean. It occurs on the sea bed, frequently in large numbers, close to hydrothermal vents where hot, sulphur-rich water wells up through the floor of the Pacific Ocean....

California Mussel Mytilus californianus
2013-04-16 14:05:39

The California Mussel, Mytilus californianus, is a large and edible mussel, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Mytilidae. It is native to the west coast of North America, occurring from northern Mexico to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. California mussels are found in clusters, often in very large aggregations, on rocks in the upper intertidal zone on the open coast, where they...

Blue Mussel Mytilus edulis
2013-04-16 13:21:28

The Blue Mussel, Mytilus edulis, is an edible marine bivalve mollusk of medium size belonging to the family Mytilidae. Blue mussels are subject to commercial use along with intense aquaculture. These mussels are boreo-temperate invertebrates that reside in intertidal areas attached to rocks and other hard substrates by strong thread like structures called byssal threads that are secreted by...

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  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.