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Crystallography and textural aspects of crossed lamellar layers in Arcidae (Bivalvia, Mollusca) shells


Willinger,  Marc Georg
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Almagro, I., Drzymała, P., Rodríguez-Navarro, A. B., Sainz-Díaz, C. I., Willinger, M. G., Bonarski, J., et al. (2016). Crystallography and textural aspects of crossed lamellar layers in Arcidae (Bivalvia, Mollusca) shells. Key Engineering Materials, 672, 60-70. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.672.60.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-CB1F-A
Bivalve shell microstructures are important traits that can be used for evolutionary and phylogenetic studies. Here we examine the crossed lamellar layers forming the shells of the arcoids, Arca noae, Glycymeris glycymeris and Glycymeris nummaria in order to better understand the crystallography of this complex biomaterial. Textural aspects and crystallography of the outer crossed lamellar layer of these species have been clarified using high-resolution electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. These shells are made of aragonite crystals in a crossed lamellar arrangement with a high preferred crystal orientation (texture). The distribution of maxima in the pole figures implies that there is not a single crystallographic pattern within the measured area, but a continuous variation between two classes of distinct patterns. In the first of these, there is a set of four crystal orientations (referred to as upper set). These four crystal orientations are distributed in two pairs (which are coplanar), with the crystals of each pair being twinned on {110}. The pairs are tilted with respect to each other by approximately 20-40º around an axis perpendicular to the {110} common twinning plane. In the second pattern (referred to as lower set), the crystal orientations of each pair are rotated around a <–110> direction until the a-axes of the diametrically opposing crystal orientations of two different twinned pairs become parallel. As a result of this rotation, in the lower set the crystal orientations no longer form pairs twinned on {110}.These crystallographic relationships are unknown in inorganic aragonite. Our results are similar to those reported for the neogastropod Conus marmoreus. Thus, the common crossed lamellar crystallography in the arcoid bivalves and in C. marmoreus is a striking example of convergence in the development of crossed lamellar microstructures.