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

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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Term Definition

MALACOLOGY   The study of both the anatomy (soft parts) and shells of molluscs. The term was introduced as "malacologie" by Rafinesque in 1814, in his "Somiologie," a treatise on the nomenclature and classification of animals and plants. See also: MALACOLOGICAL SOCIETY; CONCHOLOGY; MALACOLOGIST; TEUTHOLOGY.

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