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Mussels
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A. Anatomy

The popular collective term τὰ ὄστρεα/ óstrea was replaced by Aristot. Hist. an. 4,4,527b 35-528a 1 with ὀστρακόδερμα/ostrakóderma. The corresponding Latin terms are ostreum and ostrea (Isid. Orig. 12,6,52), but this often means oyster, or concha (Plin. HN 9,40) in particular. In contrast to  Pliny, Aristot. Hist. an. 4,4,528a 12f. distinguishes bivalves (δίθυρα/díthyra, modern: Bivalvia) from univalve gastropods (μονόθυρα/monóthyra). Aristot., unlike Plin. HN 11,129, er…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Mussels”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e812560>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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