Australian Museum Journal A revision of Queensland Lithophagine mussels (Bivalvia, Mytilidae, Lithophaginae)

Shortform:
Wilson, 1979, Rec. Aust. Mus. 32(13): 435–489
Author(s):
Wilson, B. R.
Year published:
1979
Title:
A revision of Queensland Lithophagine mussels (Bivalvia, Mytilidae, Lithophaginae)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
32
Issue:
13
Start page:
435
End page:
489
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.32.1979.470
Language:
English
Plates:
including Malacological Workshop map
Date published:
31 December 1979
Cover date:
31 December 1979
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MOLLUSCA: BIVALVIA; TAXONOMY; GREAT BARRIER REEF
Digitized:
05 January 2009
Available online:
05 March 2009
Reference number:
470
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (105kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (5871kb PDF)

Abstract

Among mytilid bivalves, boring in coral or calcareous rocks has evolved as one of the major life styles. Current nomenclature distributes the species of boring mytilids among the "genera" Lithophaga Roding, 1798, Adula Adams and Adams, 1857, and Botula March, 1853, but there is little agreement on the subdivisions and relationships of these major groups.

A preliminary survey shows that there are about a dozen species of Lithophaga in the Indo-West Pacific Region but their nomenclature is confused and their distribution uncertain. Data are presented in this paper on the nomenclature, morphology, ecology and distribution of the species of Lithophaga found on the Great Barrier Reef.

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