What is malacology?

  • (noun): The branch of zoology that studies the structure and behavior of mollusks.

Malacology

Malacology is the branch of invertebrate zoology that deals with the study of the Mollusca (mollusks or molluscs), the second-largest phylum of animals in terms of described species after the arthropods. Mollusks include snails and slugs, clams, octopus and squid. and numerous other kinds, many (but by no means all) of which have shells. One division of malacology, conchology, is devoted to the study of mollusk shells.

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Conchology
... Conchology is one aspect of malacology, the study of molluscs, however malacology studies molluscs as whole organisms, not just their shells ... Conchology pre-dated malacology as a field of study ...
Malacologist
... biologists, zoologists or naturalists, who are or were interested in malacology, which is the scientific study of the Mollusca ... The list also includes researchers who devoted some of their research effort to malacology and some to other sciences ... are such a very large and diverse phylum of invertebrates, malacology in general is greatly understaffed in its research efforts ...