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

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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Term Definition

ECOPHENOTYPE   An organism whose visual characteristics (PHENOTYPE) have been influenced by the environment. Example: a shell having longer spines due to growing in calm waters vs. having short or no spines due to life in fast-flowing waters. See also: ECOMORPH; ECOPHENOTYPIC VARIATION; FORM; GENOTYPE.

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