Mercenaria Laboratory Exercise

Richard Fox, Invertebrate Anatomy OnLine

This Invertebrate Anatomy Online exercise, featuring the hard-shell clam Mercenaria mercenaria (quahog), is part of an Internet laboratory manual for courses in Invertebrate Zoology. This exercise features an introduction to Mollusca and a step-by-step dissection guide, including hand-drawn figures, defined terms, and detailed explanations of form and function. Students will learn about the external anatomy (shell), muscles, mantle skirts, mantle cavity, mantle folds, siphons, gills, labial palps, hemal system, exhalant chamber, excretory system, digestive system, nervous system, and reproductive system.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Topics: Biosphere:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Marine
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology