scs are second only to arthropods in numbers of living animal species. The group includes some of the smallest and largest invertebrates. Snails, slugs, abalone, clams, mussels, octopuses and squid are all representative groups.
One of the most famous members of this group, the Giant Squid, occasionally washes up on the shores of Newfoundland. Molluscs are often an intermediate hosts for parasites such as flukes, which can infect a vertebrate host in subsequent life stages.
There are a total of 55 freshwater mussel species in Canada, and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is home to two species: the Eastern Pearlshell and the Newfoundland Floater.
|Family||Common Name||Scientific Name||Newfoundland||Labrador||Provincal|
|Margaritiferidae||Eastern Pearlshell||Margaritifera margaritifera||Secure||Undetermined||Secure|
|Unionidae||Newfoundland Floater||Pyganodon fragilis||Undetermined||Undetermined|
|May be at Risk||0||0||0|