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1 Molluscs

2 Development of the coelom In the precambrian era, the most complex animals in the seas were acoelomate With time, some animals developed a more elaborate anatomy, a space called a coelom – It is lined with mesoderm, and organs within it are suspended by mesenteries – The coelom is an efficient hydrostatic skeleton, with circular and longitudinal muscles acting against each other Development of the coelom was a major step in the evolution of the larger and more complicated phyla, beginning with the molluscs

3 Characteristics of the Phylum Mollusca A very large phylum with 90,000 living species and 70,000 extinct fossil species – Many more molluscs have not been formally named yet While many have a shell, the body is soft This phylum includes chitons, tooth shells, snails, slugs, nudibranchs, sea butterflies, clams, mussels, oysters, squid, octopuses and nautiluses

4 Representative Molluscs

5 Mollusc Characteristics Some molluscs such as Tridactna (the giant clam) may weight (counting the shell) as much as 900 pounds. Squid may be over 50 feet long; many molluscs, however are about 2 inches Shell collecting has been a popular hobby for many people for hundreds of years – Native Americans in the Gulf of Mexico region used seashells as money in trade with neighboring tribes

6 Classes of Molluscs Gastropoda - snails with shells and slugs Bivalvia - clams, oysters Polyplacophora – chitins Cephalopoda – squid, nautiluses, octopuses Monoplacophora Scaphopoda Caudofoveata Solenogastres

7 Relationships among Molluscs

8 Ecological Relationships Molluscs are found from the tropics to the polar seas Most live in the sea as bottom feeders, burrowers, borers, grazers, carnivores, predators and filter feeders Fossil evidence indicates that molluscs evolved in the sea and most have remained marine Some bivalves and gastropods have moved to estuaries (brackish) and freshwater Only snails have been successful living on land, they are most common where the habitat is moist and sheltered, with calcium available in the soil for their shells

9 Economic Importance Oysters “on the half-shell” are a way of life in Florida (and other states as well) Digging clams at low tide in coastal states provides much needed income Culturing of oysters for pearls is probably a billion dollar industry; in Japan in the 1960’s, you could pay $1 for an oyster and were guaranteed a pearl - There are freshwater pearls too!! Teredo, the burrowing worm (but really a mollusc), causes untold damage to wooden docks, as well as wooden boats Snails and slugs are unwelcome guests in the garden

10 Mollusc Body Plan The head-foot portion contains the feeding, sensory, and locomotor organs The visceral mass portion contains digestive, circulatory, respiratory, and reproductive organs The protective mantle is formed by two folds of skin The space between the mantle and body wall is the mantle cavity Within the mantle cavity are the gills (or lungs, in the case of pulmonate snails) In most molluscs, the mantle secretes a protective shell over the visceral mass

11 Anatomy of a generalized Mollusc

12 The head-foot complex Most molluscs have a well-developed head bearing the mouth and some sensory organs Photosensory receptors range from simple eyes to complex eyes such as in the squid Tentacles may be present Posterior to the mouth is the chief locomotor organ, the foot

13 The Radula (Fig. 10.4) The radula is found only in the molluscs; it is found in all except bivalves, some gastropods and solenogasters It is a protruding, rasping (like a wood file), tongue-like organ On the radula are rows of tiny teeth, up to 250,000, pointed backward By a filing action, the radula rasps off fine particles of food material from surfaces, but can also drill a hole through hard shells The radula moves the particles of food to the digestive tract Movements of the radula are supported by complex muscles and cartilages (called the odontophore)

14 The molluscan foot The foot is usually ventrally located It can be used to attach to the bottom of the ocean or lake (called the substratum) or can also be used in location (clam vs squid or the tortoise and the hare) Modifications of the foot include the attachment disc of limpets, and the siphon jet of squid) The foot often secretes mucus which aids in adhesion or in helping some molluscs glide on cilia

15 The Visceral Mass Mantle and Mantle Cavity A mantle is a sheath of skin on each side of the body, it secretes the shell when present The mantle cavity contains the gills or lungs that develop from the mantle The exposed surface of the mantle also serves for gaseous exchange Digestive, excretory, and reproductive products are emptied into the mantle cavity In aquatic molluscs, a continuous flow of water brings in oxygen and food, and flushes out wastes Cephalopods (squid) use the head and mantle cavity to create jet propulsion

16 The Shell When present, the shell is secreted by the mantle and is lined by it The outer layer of the mantle is called the periostracum, and is composed of conchiolin (a tough membrane made of protein) The middle of the shell is the prismatic layer made of calcium carbonate The periostracum protects the shells of freshwater molluscs from acid caused by decaying leaves The shell appears during the larval period and grows throughout life

17 The shell and mantle of a bivlave

18 Internal Structure and Function The open circulatory system includes a pumping heart, blood vessels and blood sinuses – The open circulatory system is the most common type in molluscs Most cephalopods have a closed system with a heart, vessels, and capillaries The digestive system is quite complicated and specialized for different feeding habits

19 Internal Structure and Function Most molluscs have a pair of kidneys called metanephridia The kidney ducts also discharge sperm and eggs The nervous system has pairs of ganglia with various specialized sense organs Most molluscs are dioecious (separate sexes) but some gastropods are hermaphroditic The egg hatches into a free-swimming trochophore larvae In many gastropods and bivalves, there is an intermediate stage, the veliger, wich occurs next

20 Trochophore Larva

21 Class Monoplacophora Thought to be extinct, a living specimen was found in 1952; a dozen species are now known Small molluscs with rounded shells resembling limpets Some indication of segmentation (or metamerism) suggesting the ancestor was also segmented Neopilina, however, only shows pseudometamerism

22 Class Monoplacophora

23 Class Polyplacophora (chitons) Flattened mollscs about 2 inches long, with 8 overlapping dorsal plates Most prefer rocky intertidal surfaces, and survive by scraping algae from the rocks with their radula The mantle extends around the chiton margin, forming a girdle Gills are suspended from the roof of the mantle cavity and grooves form a closed chamber so water flows from anterior to posterior The plates have photosensitive structures to perceive light Osphradia serve as a sense organ to sample water in the mantle cavity Sexes are separate; a trochopore larva is present

24 Anatomy of a Chiton

25 Scaphopoda (the tooth shells) Live in the marine environment Slender body covered with a mantle; the shell is open at both ends Foot protrudes from the larger end to burrown into md The foot and ciliary action move respiratory water through the mantle cavity Gills are absent and gaseous exchange occur via the mantle Detritus and protozoa are caught on cilia on the foot or the mucous-covered knobs of the tentacles

26 Dentalium, a scaphopods

27 Class Gastropoda The most diverse of the molluscs; contains 70,000 living and 15,000 extinct species Includes snails, slugs, limpets, whelks,conches, periwinkles, sea slugs, sea hares, sea butterflies From marine forms with ancestral features to air-breathing terrestrial snails and slugs Gastropod shells are one-piece univalves, coiled or uncoiled

28 Torsion in the gastropods All living gastropods have descended from ancestors which were both coiled and torted, whether they show those features today or not Torsion is a twisting process that begins with the veliger larva, changing it from a bilateral to an asymmetrical form The mantle cavity moves from the rear position (shown in the picture of the ancestral mollusc) and comes to rest over the head, facing towards incoming water When torsion is completed, the gills, anus, and reproductive glands

29 Torsion in the gastropods It is not known what the original advantages were to ancestral gastropods in adopting torsion It may have some advantages and disadvantages – An advantage may be that the gills face fresh incoming water with high oxygen content – The disadvantage is the waste products from the anus come out just above the head where sensory organs are located – However, the mantle cavity is designed in such a way that wastes are quickly dispersed into the water – Also, the sperm and eggs are also sent out into the water in the same way

30 Torsion and coiling in the gastropods

31 Feeding habits of gastropods Having a radula results in much variation in how snails feed Many are herbivorous; some graze on plankton Some scavenge on decaying flesh, others are active carnivores using the radula to ear apart prey Oyster drills and moon snails drill holes in the shells of bivalves and insert their proboscis to such out tissues and juice Species of Conus can deliver a lethal stink to capture prey

32 Other gastropod structures Land snails that are pulmonates have a highly vascular area in the mantle that acts as a lung Aquatic pulmonates come to the surface to expel a gas bubble and then inhale by forming a siphon with their mantle The sense organs of gastropods include eyes, statocysts, tactile organs and chemoreceptors Gastropods include both monecious and dioecious species

33 Class bivalvia This class includes mussels, clams, scallops, oysters and shipworms (Teredo) They range from 1 mm to hundreds of pounds Most are sedentary suspension feeders dependent on ciliary currents to bring in small particles of food They lack a head, radula, or any other kind of cephalization Most are marine; some live in freshwater streams, ponds and lakes

34 Shell morphology The two shells or valves are held together by a very strong hinge ligament The valves are drawn together by strong adductor muscles The umbo is the bulge, and is the oldest part of the shell with growth occurring outward in rings

35 Body and Mantle A visceral mass is suspended from the dorsal midline, with gills hanging down on each side The foot is attached anteroventrally The posterior edges of the mantle form excurrent and incurrent openings – These “siphons” can be very long in clams that burrow in sand or mud Bivalves have a three-chambered heart that pumps blood to the gills, mantle, and kidney

36 Feeding mechanism of freshwater clams

37 Anatomy of a freshwater clam

38 Feeding and digestion Suspended organic matter enter the incurrent siphon Gland cells on the gills secrete mucous which entangles the food particles The food particles then slide to food grooves at the bottom of the gill Cilia and grooves on the labial palps direct the mucous mass into the mouth In the stomach, the mucus and food particles are kept mixed by the crystalline style which produces enzymes The stomach sorts food particles and directs them to the digestive gland for intracellular digestion

39 Locomotion in the bivalves The slender foot is extended out between the valves Blood is pumped into the foot; it swells and anchors the bivalve in the mud Shortening the foot then pulls the clam forward Locomotion in scallops is accomplished by clapping their valves to create a jet propulsion effect, the mantle guides the stream of water Some mussels don’t move once they complete the larval stage; mussels attach by byssal threads

40 Reproduction and development Sexes are usually separate, oysters undergo protandry where they start out as males and then change sex and become females Fertilization of eggs by sperm is external Embryos develop as trochophore larva, some then develop into veligers, and end up as spat larval stages before settling down to the bottom and metamorphosing into adults The larvae of freshwater clams develop into glochidia which attach to the gills of fish where they live for a short time as parasites

41 The glochidia of freshwater clams The glochidia eventually leave the gills of the fish and settle to the bottom; this hitchhiking helps to increase the distribution of the species Freshwater clams are highly sensitive to pollution and thus their survival is in question

42 Class Cephalopoda This class includes squids, octopuses, nautiluses, devilfish and cuttlefish All are marine predators The giant squid is the largest invertebrate known The eye of the giant squid (Architeuthis”) is 10 inches in diameter and very sophisticated in structure

43 Class Cephalopoda Cephalopods feed on fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and worms The foot is in the head region and is modified for expelling water from the mantle cavity Octopuses and cuttlefish secrete venom from the salivary glands The beaklike jaws grasp prey; the radula tears off pieces of flesh

44 The shell of the cephalopod The shell of the cuttlefish and squid are enclosed internally within the mantle cavity The octopus has completely loss the shell The Nautilus in ancient times, had a shell which was straight but overtime, has become coiled – The shell of the Nautilus fills with gas which causes it to stay upright; they can swim – Because the Nautilus may be found swimming as deep as 400 meters, the atmospheric pressure on the shell may be as high as 600 pounds per square inch

45 The chamber Nautilus

46 Body and Mantle of the Cephalopod Octopods have 8 arms with suckers; squid have 10 arms, 8 arms with suckers and pair of long retractile tentacles Tentacles grasp food causing it to adhere with secretions, not suckers

47 Body and Mantle of the Cephalopod Water enters the mantle cavity through the neck region – Contraction of the mantle edges about the neck expels water through the funnel – Water currents provide oxygen to the gills, they also create water propulsion, and carry waste and reproductive products away from the body The cephalopod brain is the largest of an invertebrate Sense organs are well developed, the eyes are complex, complete with cornea, lens and retina

48 The eye of the cuttlefish

49 Special features of cephalopods Cephalopods can change color by expanding and contracting chromatophores in the skin This process is controlled by the nervous system Many of the color changes are associated with alarm signals or mating Some deep-sea squids are bioluminescent Many cephalopods can eject ink which forms a smokescreen that may confuse an enemy when released

50 Reproduction Sexes are separate Males display and court females Fertilization is internal and are attached to stones or other objects to develop Some of the octopii provide parental care to their eggs until they hatch


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