Zebra Mussel - Dreissena polymorpha




Zebra Mussel

Dreissena polymorpha

Domain Eukarya - Zebra Mussels are eukaryotes, meaning they contain a true nucleus.

Kingdom Animalia - Zebra Mussels are a part of the Kingdom Animalia because they are multicellular, eukaryotic, heterotrophic, motile, and lack cell walls.

Phylum Mollusca - Zebra mussels are a part of this Phylum because they have bilateral symmetry, diploblastic (posses two true tissue layers), acoelomates (do not have a fluid filled body cavity), a complete digestive system, and an open circulatory system.

Mollusks can range from gastropods, cephalopods, bilvalves, and chitons.

Class Bivalvia - Zebra Mussels are bivalves because they contain two shells (valves).

Subclass Heterodonta - Zebra mussels have heterodont *insert hot link  here*  definition which has a hinge *insert hot link  here* plate with cardinal teeth *insert hot link here* below the umbo *insert hot link here* and lateral teeth posterior to the caridnals.

Order Veneroida - Zebra mussels have true heterodont definition, an opisthodetic ligament, and an isomyarian musculature. The shells generally have ribbing on them.

Superfamily Dreissenoidea - Zebra Mussels use byssal threads to attach to substrates.

Family Dreissenidae - Zebra Mussels attach via a byssus.

Genus Dreissena - New Latin named after Dreyssen, a Belgian physician.

Species polymorpha - Polymorhpa translates into many forms.


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