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The fold of skin covering the dorsal surface of the body of molluscs, which extends into lateral flaps that protect the gills in the mantle cavity (the space between the body and mantle). The outer surface of the mantle secretes the shell (in species that have shells).

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation.

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