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Ancient River Inference Explains Exceptional Oriental Freshwater Mussel Radiations
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This study reconstructs the history of freshwater basin interactions across continents based on the multi-locus fossil-calibrated phylogeny of freshwater mussels (Unionidae), revealing that the Mekong may be considered a long-lived river that has existed throughout the entire Cenozoic epoch.
New taxa of freshwater mussels (Unionidae) from a species-rich but overlooked evolutionary hotspot in Southeast Asia
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It is discovered that the Sittaung, a little-known remote basin in Myanmar, represents an exceptional evolutionary hotspot with numerous endemic taxa of freshwater mussels and should be a focus of special conservation efforts alongside the largest Southeast Asian rivers.
Aliens are moving to the Arctic frontiers: an integrative approach reveals selective expansion of androgenic hybrid Corbicula lineages towards the North of Russia
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Isolated Corbicula populations in artificially heated or geothermal reservoirs may therefore be primary sources for a broad invasion to seasonal waterbodies of the high-latitude regions in the future as climate warming progresses.
Pollinators on the polar edge of the Ecumene: taxonomy, phylogeography, and ecology of bumble bees from Novaya Zemlya
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It is highlighted that the insularity is a significant factor sharply decreasing species richness in bumble bee assemblages on the Arctic Ocean archipelago through colder climate (lower summer temperatures), prevalence of harsh Arctic tundra landscapes with poor foraging resources, and in isolation from the mainland.
Species Richness, Molecular Taxonomy and Biogeography of the Radicine Pond Snails (Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae) in the Old World
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The taxonomy, distribution and evolutionary biogeography of the radicine lymnaeids in the Old World is clarified based on the most comprehensive multi-locus molecular dataset sampled to date and the first DNA barcode reference library for the reliable molecular identification of species within this group is presented.
DNA analysis of a non-native lineage of Sinanodonta woodiana species complex (Bivalvia: Unionidae) from Middle Asia supports the Chinese origin of the European invaders.
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It is shown that the non-native Sinanodonta flocks in Europe and Middle Asia originated from a single source population in China, and two phylogenetic lineages with uncertain taxonomic names are revealed.
Taxonomy and Distribution of Freshwater Pearl Mussels (Unionoida: Margaritiferidae) of the Russian Far East
The freshwater pearl mussel family Margaritiferidae includes 13 extant species, which are all listed by IUCN as endangered or vulnerable taxa. In this study, an extensive spatial sampling of
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