Glossary

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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.

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NACRE (adj. NACREOUS)
NACRE (adj. NACREOUS) fig.Pearly or iridescent form of aragonitic calcium carbonate composed of polygonal or rounded tablets arranged parallal to the depositional surface; present in two forms: sheet (thin sheets of prisms separated by sheets of organic matrix) or lenticular (vertical columns of prisms); also known as mother-of-pearl (figure: Pinctada imbricata).
NEOTENY (adj. NEOTENOUS)
See PEDOMORPHOSIS.
NEPHROLITH
Granule produced by the kidney (e.g., calcium-rich in Pinnidae).
NYMPH
NYMPH fig.A well-defined support for the inner fibrous layer of a more advanced type of dorsal LIGAMENT that is rotated dorsally (thus enhancing the dorsal arching of the ligament); see also LIGAMENT, PSEUDONYMPH (figure: Periglypta listeri).