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Bivalvia

Gonzalo Giribet

in Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250925
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520250925.003.0006
Bivalvia

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This chapter examines the phylogeny and evolution of the molluscan class Bivalvia. It discusses the diversity and abundance of bivalves, evaluates their economic significance and human impacts and provides a brief account of bivalve morphology and anatomy. It describes fossil records and fossil bivalves in phylogenetic studies and highlights the need to conduct more ultrastructural and developmental studies on bivalves.

Keywords: Bivalvia; molluscan; diversity and abundance; economic significance; human impacts; morphology; anatomy; phylogenetic studies

Chapter.  20855 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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