malacologist


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mal·a·col·o·gy

 (măl′ə-kŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The branch of zoology that deals with mollusks.

[French malacologie : Greek malakos, soft; see mel- in Indo-European roots + -logie, -logy (from Old French; see -logy).]

mal′a·co·log′i·cal (-kə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
mal′a·col′o·gist n.
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Noun1.malacologist - a zoologist specializing in the study of mollusks
animal scientist, zoologist - a specialist in the branch of biology dealing with animals
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While some mussels are notoriously picky about their particular host fish (one stalwart malacologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources painstakingly tried to pair seventy different species with the spectaclecase mussel until he landed, propitiously and finally, on a singular, migratory fish), brook floaters are, happily, "host generalists"--they're willing to "parasitize" just about any gills.
(47) In the 1860s, scientific research expanded, with a survey of shipworms in the United States undertaken by malacologist George Washington Tyron, and the analysis of material sent from India and Australia by Edward Percival Wright, Professor of Zoology at the University of Dublin.
Samuel Pickworth Woodward, a malacologist employed at the British Museum, analyzed the shells and bones.
Etymology: Named in honour of Jose Maria Hernandez, malacologist from Gran Canaria, who passed away recently.
Bill Leonard is listed as the photographer, but is an accomplished malacologist in his own right, having explored the Pacific Northwest for gastropods for the past decade or more and made numerous discoveries, which are included in this book.
1970s by the work of malacologist Kathleen Smythe and by Michael
A healthy shellbed might be home to 30 or more varieties of fresh-water mussels, so you needn't be a licensed malacologist trained to tell elktoes from pimplebacks to play the shell game.
Indeed, the great malacologist Johannes Thiele, with far less information than is now available, and who published over 20 aplacophoran species descriptions, concluded that aplacophorans were not molluscs as such, but phylogenetically between annelids and molluscs and ancestral to the latter (Thiele, 1913c; Glaubrecht et al., 2005).
When a malacologist studies mollusks, what do you think they look for?
He was a malacologist and taxonomist, and much of his work on the study of invertebrates has been published.