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Seashell Bathed In Sunlight | Mattituck, New York

© Sophie W. Smith

Joined October 2012

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When the word “seashells” refers only to the shells of marine mollusks, then studying seashells is part of conchology. Conchologists or serious collectors who have a scientific bias are in general careful not to disturb living populations and habitats: even though they may collect a few live animals, most responsible collectors do not often over-collect or otherwise disturb ecosystems.

The study of the entire molluscan animal (as well as the shell) is known as malacology; a person who studies mollusks is known as a malacologist. Read more

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