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Clams are called bivalves because they have two shells (valves). The valves are lined with a thin membrane, which is termed the mantle. The mantle encloses the visceral_mass and the muscular_foot.

Opening and closing of the valves is regulated by the anterior and posterior_adductor_muscles. Gills are used for respiration as well as filter-feeding. The muscular foot assists with movement. The anterior_adductor_muscle is positioned between the mantle and the foot and helps the clam burrow in sand.

Adductor muscle Adductor muscle Adductor muscle Mantle Foot Gills Anterior retractor Mantle Adductor muscle Adductor muscle Adductor muscle Adductor muscle Foot Anterior retractor Mantle Gills Anterior retractor Mantle folded down over gills Gills Foot Mantle Adductor muscle