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Mussels Help Create Artificial Tendons
2013-07-24 11:54:52

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online MIT researchers have discovered precisely why mussels are able to stick to slick surfaces so well, even when faced with stiff currents and rocking waves. And beyond unraveling one more of nature's little secrets, the researchers believe they can use this information to help repair human tendons. Mussels use filaments called byssus threads to adhere to piers, rocks and more. These byssus threads allow the mussels to stray out a...

2010-03-04 16:50:12

Iron atoms convey mussel fibers with a robust but stretchy covering We may like to eat mussels steamed in white wine, but we also like to find mussels at the beach. Mostly they are burrowed into the ground or tethered to rocks. But if you look closer you will find a mollusc which has adapted to life and nutrition in a special and fascinating way. Mussels thrive in rocky seashore habitats, in spite of the enormous physical demands present there. This is in no small part due to the evolution of...

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2009-06-12 07:57:55

The zebra mussels that have wreaked ecological havoc on the Great Lakes are harder to find these days "” not because they are dying off, but because they are being replaced by a cousin, the quagga mussel. But zebra mussels still dominate in fast-moving streams and rivers. Research conducted by Suzanne Peyer, a doctoral candidate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Zoology, shows that physiological differences between the two species might determine which mollusk...


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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 loose flakes and varies in color from a pale brownish olive to a purplish black. The nacre on the...

Noble Pen Shell, Pinna Nobilis
2013-04-25 16:25:11

The Noble Pen Shell, Pinna Nobilis, is a species of large saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pinnidae. This bivalve shell can be as large as almost 3 feet in length, and the shape is somewhat variable. Like all pen shells, it is quite fragile. It attaches itself to rocks using a strong byssus made up of many silk like hairs. These are fibers that are secreted by the animal. Brilliant mother of pearl lines the inside of the shell. This species is native to...

Amber Pen Shell, Pinna Carnea
2013-04-25 16:13:01

The Amber Pen Shell, Pinna Carnea, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pinnidae. It can be found in Caribbean waters, ranging from southern Florida to the West Indies and Bermuda. The amber pen shell has a pair of long, thin, and translucent valves and is triangular, fan, or wedge shaped, with a point at one end and a curved and ragged end at the other extremity. The hinge is along the straight side. It has the potential to grow to about 16 inches long though it usually...

Asian Green Mussel, Perna Viridis
2013-04-24 15:00:31

The Asian Green Mussel, Perna Viridis, is an economically noteworthy mussel, a bivalve in the family Mytilidae. It’s harvested for food but it is also known to harbor toxins and cause damage to submerged structures. It’s a native to the Asia-Pacific region but has been introduced in the Caribbean, and in the waters around Japan, North America, and South America. This mussel ranges from 80 to 100 millimeters in length and might occasionally reach 165 millimeters. The shell ends in a...

Noah's Ark Shell, Arca noae
2013-04-16 21:35:39

Arca Noae, also known as the Noah’s Ark shell, is a species of bivalve mollusk within the family of Arcidae. It’s found in the Mediterranean Sea along with the Adriatic Sea from low tide mark to a depth of about 200 feet. The shell of this species grows to about 4 inches in length. It’s shortened at the anterior end and elongated at the posterior end. It is normally striped in brown and white and has fine sculptured ribs running from the umbones to the margin. The hinge is straight...

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