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

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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Term Definition

MANTLE   The fleshy outer layer of a molluscan body that secretes the shell. The mantle edge may be folded or otherwise modified to form a SIPHON or other structure. See also: EPIPODIUM.

MANTLE CAVITY   A space or chamber formed where the MANTLE edge overlaps the VISCERAL MASS, housing the GILLS (or LUNG) and the outlets of most body systems.

MANTLE EDGE   The portion of the MANTLE that contains the shell-secreting cells; = MANTLE SKIRT.


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