Bithynia tentaculata



  Domain: Eukarya

     Kingdom: Animalia

       Phylum: Mollusca

          Class: Gastropoda

             Order: Neotaenioglossa

                Family: Bithyniidae

                   Genus: Bithynia

                     Species: Bithynia tentaculata  (Linnaeus, 1758)


Common names: Faucet snail and mud Bithynia
Taxonomy information was gathered from (ITIS Report)
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How does the faucet snail fit into these categories?

Eukarya: Contain a membrane-bound nucleus and membrane-bound organelles. The DNA is configured in chromosomes found inside of the nucleus. The nucleus is basically the control center for that particular cell. This differs from Prokaryotes because their DNA is free throughout the cell, rather than being bound inside the nucleus. (EOL).

Animalia: also referred to as Metazoans, are multicellular organisms, which are heterotrophic meaning they obtain energy by consuming other organisms; they cannot produce it themselves. They also lack cell walls, which is a characteristic of plants. Most animals reproduce sexually, but some still go by means of asexual reproduction. Animals can also move due to things such as muscles, tissues, and/or nerve cells. (EOL).

Molluska: mostly free living creatures (some are parasitic) which contain a triploblastic body and possess an advanced digestive system and an open circulatory system. It is also characterized by a mantle, gills, shell, and a muscular foot. They can be located in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial enviornments. (Hickman 2009).

Gastropoda: contain only one coiled or uncoiled shell (univalve) and are characterized by bilateral symmetry, and undergo torsion (Hickman 2009).

Bithyniidae: contain only freshwater snails (EOL).


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