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Glossaries of technical terms used to identify mollusks and understand their biology are provided in many books.

The glossary provided here is largely based on “Seashells of Southern Florida: Bivalves,” by Paula M. Mikkelsen & Rüdiger Bieler, Princeton University Press. Production of this glossary was funded in part by the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships in Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy [PEET] Program, NSF-DEB-9978119, “Bivalves - Research, Training, Electronic Dissemination of Data” (1999-2008) to Bieler and Mikkelsen.

Other useful glossaries are:

  • Arnold, W. H. 1965. A glossary of a thousand-and-one terms used in conchology. The Veliger, 7(suppl): 1-50.
  • Carter, J. G. 1990. Glossary of skeletal biomineralization. In: Skeletal Biomineralization: Patterns, Processes and Evolutionary Trends, vol. I, J. G. Carter (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York.
  • Cate, J. M., & S. Raskin. 1986. It's easy to say Crepidula (kreh PID' yu luh): a phonetic guide to pronunciation of the scientific names of sea shells and a glossary of terms frequently used in malacology. Pretty Penny Press, Santa Monica, California, 155 pp.
  • Egerton, Peter. Peter’s Seashells (see especially Seashell Morphology and "Bivalve Quiz")
  • Frizzell, D. L. 1933. Terminology of types. American Midland Naturalist, 14(6): 637-668.
  • Krisberg, Marlo. Let’s Talk Seashells - Bivalve terminology & Anatomy of bivalves
  • Mikkelsen, P.S. An Illustrated and Cross-Referenced Glossary of Malacological and Conchological Terms [online website; last accessed 03 November 2008] (see especially the Composite Illustrations for bivalves)
  • Reed, P. H. 1947. A glossary of molluscan terminology. Tavares, Florida, 30 pp.
  • Stachowitsch, M. 1992. The invertebrates: an illustrated glossary. John Wiley, New York, 676 pp.