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Exist in a Wide Range of Conditons
  • Wide range of tolerances to pollution; some are very sensitive
  • Mussels have a long life span
  • Two hinged shells enclose soft bodies
  • Clams are smaller (3/4 inches) and more round than mussels
  • Clams are usually symmetrical with the umbo (highest point on the shell) equally distant from both ends
  • Mussels have a flat, oblong shell shape
  • Soft, fleshy body (foot) may be seen extending from shell
  • No eyes or distinct head
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