Hinge line


A hinge line is an imaginary longitudinal line along the dorsal edge of the shell of a bivalve mollusk where the two valves hinge or articulate. The hinge line can easily be perceived in these images of a mussel shell and an ark shell.[1][2][3]

The hinge of a blue mussel, Mytilidae

The hinge teeth, structures which control the articulation of the valves, are often but not always situated along the hinge line.

Part of the hinge line of one valve of an ark shell, Arcidae


  1. ^ http://paleo.cortland.edu/tutorial/Bivalves/bivalvemorph.htm
  2. ^ Bivalves by J.H. Leal, Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Florida, USA "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2012-11-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Invertebrate Paleobiology on-line syllabus on Bivalves, by Dr. Burt Carter, Georgia Southwestern State University, at: http://itc.gsw.edu/faculty/bcarter/paleo/labs/moll/biv2.htm