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

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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MOLLUSC   A member of the invertebrate phylum Mollusca. The taxon Mollusca was first used by Johstonus in 1650 to replace the name Mollia (a taxon name used by Pliny for the Cephalopoda). The Phylum Mollusca includes the classes: Gastropoda (gastropods/snails), Rostroconchia (Paleozoic bivalves), Bivalvia (Recent and fossil bivalves/clams), Cephalopoda (squid, octopus, cuttlefish), Polyplacophora (chitons/coat of mail shells), Scaphopoda (tusk shells or tooth shells), Aplacophora (Chaetoderms & Solenogasters) and Monoplacophora (Gastroverms).

MOLLUSCAlist LISTSERVE   A mailing list (not technically a LISTSERV) which is supported by the University of California, Berkeley. Members subscribe to "the list" to facilitate an easy exchange of emails via "posting" one email to "the list" which is distributed by the application to all subscribers of the list to which the initial email was sent.

See the compilation of information about Molluscan Listserves.

MOLLUSCICIDE   A chemical used to kill molluscs, typically used to kill SLUGS and other garden snails that have become pests.

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