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Clam Dissection || Coming Out of Its Shell

Ever wondered what’s inside a clam? Learn how to dissect a clam in this video, which also covers its external and internal anatomy and physiology. In this simple dissection of a clam, you’ll learn various parts of the mollusk anatomy, how clams move, and how pearls are made.

Even though clams are relatively simple animals, there’s still a lot to learn about their anatomy. Once you open their shell, you’ll see that their anatomy functions a lot differently than ours, and is very interesting to learn! For example, did you know that clams have part of their intestine running through their heart? In this video, you’ll learn general information about clams, which will be tied into its anatomical structures. You’ll also learn some new tongue-twisters and hear a good number of puns.

This dissection lab is for anyone who is curious about mollusk anatomy, wants to cover clam anatomy for a zoology course, missed the clam dissection during biology class, or has ever thought “Clams are tasty, but how do they work?”. The video will teach you how to dissect a clam step by step, and review the external and internal anatomy of the clam

In this video, we’ll cover the following structures:

Shells Mouth

Hinge Anus

Rings Foot

Adductor muscles Visceral mass

Mantle Gonads

Nacreous layer Digestive gland

Gills Intestines

Labial palps Heart

If you want to learn more about clam anatomy, here’s a link to a website with more detailed information, as well as diagrams: http://bivalves.teacherfriendlyguide....

If you have any questions regarding clam anatomy, dissection methodology, or general biology, feel free to leave a comment. We'll try our best to reply.


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