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A new fossil Adamussium (Bivalvia: Pectinidae) from Antarctica

By Fernanda Quaglio, Rowan Jane Whittle, Andrzej Gaździcki and Marcello Guimarães Simões


Adamussium jonkersi sp. nov. is described from the Late Oligocene Destruction Bay Formation, Wrona Buttress area, King George Island (South Shetlands), West Antarctica. The unit, characterized by volcanic sandstone, is a shallow marine succession deposited in a moderate-to high-energy environment. The thin-shelled pectinids, collected from the lower part of the unit, are preserved mostly as complete valves. Shell thickness, sculpture pattern and umbonal angle suggest a free-living, inactive swimming life habit

Topics: Biology and Microbiology
Publisher: Polish Academy of Sciences
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.2478/v10183-010-0006-0
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