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

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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HINGE PLATE   In bivalves, the dorsal margin carrying the hinge teeth; = CARDINAL PLATFORM. A shelly, internal platform, bearing hinge teeth, situated below the beak and adjacent parts of dorsal margins, and lying in plane parallel to that of the commissure. See illustration: Composite Bivalve.

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