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SEAFOODie Stuff: The Three Types of Shellfish

 

What do you think of when you hear shellfish, for us it's crab, lobster, shrimps, and clams etc. But did you know squid and octopus are actually shell fish as well?  There is actually THREE categories of shellfish? So what are these categories?? Crustaceans, Mollusks, and Cephalopods.

 

 

 

-A Crustacean is an animal with a body, outer jointed skeleton or shell.  They even shed their shells as they grow. For example: lobsters, crayfish, crab, shrimps, prawns, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

-A Mollusk is an animal with is univalve, it basically has ONE shell, or a Bivalve, which has TWO shells.  These shells expand as the animal grows.  For example: clams, oysters, scallops, and mussels.

 

 

 

-Cephalopods are similar to mollusks, these animals have a reduced internal shell called a pen or cuttlebone.  For example: squid, octopus, and cuttlefish.

 

 

 

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