An Illustrated and Cross-Referenced Glossary of
Malacological and Conchological Terms

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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BYSSAL GAPE   Opening between margins of a bivalve shell for passage of the BYSSUS; see also: BYSSAL FORAMEN; BYSSAL NOTCH; BYSSAL SINUS.

GAPE   A narrow opening remaining between the VALVES of a bivalve when the ADDUCTOR MUSCLE have closed the shell.

PEDAL GAPE   Opening between margins of shell for protrusion of the FOOT; see also: CALLUM.

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