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

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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MICRO   A size classification of shells used to depict those that are microscopic or requiring a microscope to fully examine. This term may sometimes be used as a display category in SHELL SHOWS, although requiring a microscope to judge the show is not done. One is more likely to see the display category: MINIATURE or simply MINI. See also: GRADING SYSTEM.

MICROSCOPIC   Requiring a microscopic to examine; see also: SUBMICROSCOPIC. See also, size classifications for shell shows: MICRO and MINI.


SUBMICROSCOPIC   Not clearly visible under a light microscope; see also: MICROSCOPIC.

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