Bivalve Molluscs

DDF Bivalve Mollusc Project at the Museum of Zoology

_Spondylus_, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Clams, oysters, mussels, scallops. These animals all belong to the Bivalvia, a group of more that 8000 species of the Phylum Mollusca. Bivalves have a long geological history, with fossils dating back to the Late Cambrian, some 500 million years ago or more. Bivalve molluscs are found in freshwater and marine environments around the world, and include some of the longest lived animals known.

In April 2010, the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, was awarded monies from the Museums Libraries and Archives Council Designation Development Fund to catalogue its collection of Bivalve Molluscs and photograph the type specimens to make this collection of over 10,000 specimens accessible to researchers and the general public. This website is dedicated to this class of molluscs, and a new display about bivalve molluscs can be found in the upper gallery of the museum.

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In this website you can find sections on:
Bivalve Collection of the Museum of Zoology
Anatomy of a Bivalve
Lifestyles of Bivalve Molluscs
Commercial Value of Bivalves
Bivalve Research

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Last updated: 7 April 2011