Gigantidas

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Gigantidas
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Mytiloida
Family: Mytilidae
Genus: Gigantidas
Species

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Gigantidas is a genus of large, deepwater, hydrothermal vent mussels, marine bivalve molluscs in the family Mytilidae.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Species in this genus are found on deep-sea hydrothermal vents on the southern Kermadec Ridge. These mussels form dense beds at these sites.

Description[edit]

The shells of Gigantidas gladius are up to 30 cm long.

Species[edit]

Species within the genus Gigantidas include:

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