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

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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Term Definition

EGG   A female gamete or reproductive body; an ovum. See also: CHALAZA; EGG MASS; EGG CAPSULE.


EGG MASS   A cluster of EGGS, sometimes deposited by an individual, but sometimes by multiple individuals contributing to a single mass (e.g., some Muricids). For a PELAGIC example, see: BUBBLE FLOAT.
Photo: Murex pomum Gmelin, 1791

NURSE EGGS   Eggs which are placed in the same EGG CAPSULE as other, viable EGGS, but which do not develop; the nurse eggs simply provide post-hatching nourishment for the viable eggs.

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