Bathymodiolus

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Bathymodiolus
Bathymodiolus childressi.jpg
Bathymodiolus childressi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Mytiloida
Family: Mytilidae
Genus: Bathymodiolus
Species

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Bathymodiolus is a genus of deep-sea mussels, marine bivalve mollusks in the family Mytilidae. Many of them contain intracelluar chemoautotrophic bacterial symbionts.

Species[edit]

Modern (non-fossil) species within the genus Bathymodiolus include:

There also are several fossil species, which are usually only tentatively assigned to hydrothermal vent and hydrocarbon seep-inhabiting mussel genera due to their conservative shell morphology and ongoing taxonomic revision of this group.[1] They include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saether, K.P., Little, C.T.S., Campbell, K.A., Marshall, B.A., Collins, M. & Alfaro, A.C. 2010. New fossil mussels (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) from Miocene hydrocarbon seep deposits, North Island, New Zealand, with general remarks on vent and seep mussels. Zootaxa, 2577: 1-45.