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Title: Marine/Saltwater Invertebrates

Species #: 120

Common Name: Cherry Stone Clam Scientific Name: Mercenaria mercenaria Kingdom: Animalia Class: Bivalvia Family:

Phylum: Mollusca Order:



Geography / Habitat: intertidal zones down to 10m, mud flats and sand flats, east coast of North America Life Strategy: high density spawning, males and females all release gametes together, eggs become trocophore larvae first

Food / Feed Strategy: suspension feeder, eats plankton by filtering water

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Body Form or Style: Shelled gastropod Swim / Locomotion Style: Foot Mouth Position: Terminal Citation: "Hard Clam." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. <>

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