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Provides extensive information on the histology and cytology of marine bivalve molluscs of interest for commercial purposes. The 6 species of bivalve molluscs involved are: Crassostrea gigas, Ostrea edulis, Pinctada margaritifera, Pecten maximus, Ruditapes philippinarum and Mytilus edulis. The 8 principal organs are described (mantle, gills, palps, digestive gland, heart and haemocytes, kidney, gonads and nervous system). In each case, photonic microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy micrographs, accompanied by explanatory diagrams, illustrate the different types of tissues and cells.