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

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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Term Definition

(abbrev: RV)
  That valve of a bivalve lying on the observer's right-hand side when the shell is placed with anterior end pointing away from the observer, and with COMMISSURE vertical, the hinge being uppermost; see also: LEFT VALVE. Visit Let's Talk Seashells for how to distinguish between right and left valves.

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