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What is the difference between Mussels and Clams?

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Howard Reyes

Howard Reyes

Howard Reyes
Howard Reyes, Science Teacher, California

Answered Sep 05, 2019

Mussels and Clams are two types of shellfish with the same family, but they are two different species. Both belong to the family of a bivalve mollusk. Mussels are edible shellfish, mussels that live in freshwater are from the family Unionidae, while mussels from saltwater are from the family Mytilidae. Mussels have a type of shell that is asymmetrical and elongated.

Mussels and Clams are two types of shellfish with the same family, but they are two different
The byssal threads in them help them to get attached together, and the byssal threads also help them to form a substrate. Clams are also bivalve mollusk, and they are often found in freshwater. Clams hide by forming what looks like sediment. Clams are quite popular compared to mussels; they are consumed more often than mussels. The structure of clams is too complex, organs like heart, mouth, and even kidney. Also, the structure of the shell in mussels are of three types; prismatic layer, periostracum and iridescent layer

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W. Kaye

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W. Kaye
W. Kaye, Ex-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill

Answered Aug 22, 2019

Mussels and clams are two different types of shellfish. Mussel is used to refer to many kinds of bivalves living in both freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. Most often mussels are the edible bivalves of the family's Mytilidae. Clams are the edible bivalve mollusks living in burrows. Clams have two equally sized shells that are broad and wide with a more or less round shape.

Mussels and clams are two different types of shellfish. Mussel is used to refer to many kinds of
Clams have a reputation for being served at fancy restaurants, or in seafood restaurants. They have a unique and distinct taste. Different cultures of the world have developed numerous types of foods with clams. Mussels are sometimes served with Chinese, Japanese, and Italian fare, or they are prepared with individual seafood dishes.

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