Can you match these Chesapeake Bay region shellfish with their descriptions?

  1. American Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
  2. Atlantic Oyster Drill (Urosalpinx cinerea)
  3. Atlantic Ribbed Mussel (Modiolus demissus)
  4. Common Mud Nassa (Ilynassa obsoleta)
  5. Eastern Dog Whelk (Nassarius vibex)
  6. Broad Ribbed Scallop (Lyropecten santamaria)
  7. Bent Mussel (Ischadium recurvum)
  8. Ivory Barnacle (Balanus eburneus)
  9. Marsh Periwinkle (Littorina irrorata)
  10. Soft Shelled Clam (Mya arenaria)

  1. This prehistoric Bay resident is a fossil today.
  2. A real homebody, once this animal attaches itself to a boat, pier, rock, driftwood, bottle, whale or another shell, it will stick there for life unless pried off by an outside force.
  3. This common snail will dine on dead crabs or fish, or bury itself in the mud, and eat what it can filter out of the water.
  4. This creature, a popular source of food for gulls and raccoons, may owe its abundance to the fact that humans consider it inedible.
  5. This popular food mollusk's name may be derived from its thin shell.
  6. This snail bores holes into the shells of young oysters and sucks out their meat.
  7. This creature uses a gill to get oxygen out of the water and will climb a plant stem to avoid predators.
  8. The historic population of this creature is thought to have been able to filter the entire Chesapeake Bay in several days. Today's population, decimated by disease and overharvesting, takes more than a year to accomplish this task.
  9. When it first hatches, the larva is able to swim freely. After it develops a foot, this creature will loses the lobes it used for swimming and live the rest of its life on the bottom.
  10. The curved, radiating ribs of this shellfish help to distinguish it from others of its kind. It attaches itself to hard surfaces with threads of protein, called a byssus, that it spins with its foot.

Answers to quiz:A-8, B-6, C-4, D-3, E-9, F-1, G-10, H-2, I-7, J-5