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Oysters
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Bivaliva

The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of different families of saltwater clams, bivalve molluscsthat live in marine or brackish habitats. In some species the valves are highly calcified, and many are somewhat irregular in shape. Many, but not all, oysters are in the superfamily Ostreoidea.

Some kinds of oysters are commonly consumed, cooked or raw, by humans as a delicacy. Some kinds of pearl oysters are harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle. Windowpane oysters are harvested for their translucent shells, which are used to make various kinds of decorative objects.



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