The Weird and Wonderful World of Molluscs with Dr John Healy



It may be hard to believe that a snail could be related to a clam or a squid, but all these animals have a common ancestor making this taxonomic group one of the most diverse in the animal world.

Queensland Museum Curator of Marine Biodiversity (Mollusca), Dr John Healy, will take you on a journey to uncover the enchanting world of these soft bodied creatures, from their fascinating biology to the beauty and intricacies of their distinctive shells.



John Healy

John Healy


John Healy

Dr John Healy (PhD, DSc, Univ Qld) has been researching the biology, classification and evolutionary relationships of molluscs (snails, clams, octopuses etc.) since 1979 and published two books and numerous...

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Bernie Hobbs

Bernie Hobbs


Bernie Hobbs

Best known as a judge from The New Inventors and her many years with ABC Science, Bernie Hobbs is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster. Originally from Brisbane, Bernie is...

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Shell Classification: Student Shell Plates

Use these cards to complete the Shell Classification Using A Dichotomous Key activity. These cards show pictures of shells that students identify using a dichotomous key.

Contains curriculum links to:
Year 7

Question of the Month: Slug or Snail?

This mollusc is a Semi-slug, which is a type of pulmonate gastropod (air-breathing snail equipped with a lung). Semi-slugs make up part of the Family Helicarionidae, and all members have thin, glassy shells.


Molluscs are soft-bodied invertebrates possessing (usually) an external shell for protection, a ventral foot for locomotion and, in aquatic species, gills for respiration.



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Level 2, Theatre, Queensland Museum, South Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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