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

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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Term Definition

CONCHIOLIN   A HORNY, proteinaceous material that makes up the periostracum of a shell and also forms the organic matrix for calcareous parts of the shell; often termed CHITIN; see also: PRISMATIC LAYER; CALCITE; ARAGONITE; VATERITE.

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