Molluscs - Bivalves

The Molluscs compose the large group of invertebrate animals known as the Mollusca. Around 85,000 extents species of Molluscs are recognised.
Molluscs not just in size and in anatomical structure, but also in behaviour and in habitat too are a very diverse group that includes Chitons, Scaphopods, Bivalves, Gastropods and Cephalopods. The soft body is rarely preserved, so Molluscs are classified by their shell structure.

Bivalves comprise a class of marine and freshwater molluscs that have laterally compressed bodies enclosed by a shell consisting of two hinged parts.