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The resource potential of most molluscs is likely to be underestimated . One mollusc, Dicathais orbita, produces a number of potential resources, including pharmaceuticals and materials, from both the adults and egg masses. The value of natural resources can change over time and one resource can have multiple uses. The resource potential of molluscs increases with greater biological diversity. Molluscs from different phylogenetic backgrounds and habitats produce a range of different metabolites and mineralized structures. Ultimately, a wealth of potential resources remains to be discovered among the molluscs an d this should provide an incentive for their conservation.

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