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New Species of Vesicomyidae from the Gulf of Darien, Caribbean Sea (Bivalvia; Mollusca)

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Three new species of the family Vesicomyidae, deep-sea, heterodont bivalves of unusual size, are described from material taken by the R/V Pillsbury in the Gulf of Darien in the Caribbean Sea. The new species, belonging to three different genera, Vesicomya, Calyptogena, and Ectenagena, live in depths beyond 400 meters and possess shells that are relatively heavy and of a chalky structure. The possible affinities of the family with the Cyprinidae and Veneridae are discussed.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 1968

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