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A phylogenetic backbone for Bivalvia: an RNA-seq approach
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This first phylogenomic approach for this important group of molluscs is presented, including novel transcriptomic data for 31 bivalves obtained through an RNA-seq approach, and the results provide a well-resolved, robust phylogenetic backbone for Bivalvia with all major lineages delineated.
Investigating the Bivalve Tree of Life – an exemplar-based approach combining molecular and novel morphological characters
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An analysis of the informativeness of morphological characters showed that sperm ultrastructure characters are among the best morphological features to diagnose bivalve clades, followed by characters of the shell, including its microstructure.
Sessile snails, dynamic genomes: gene rearrangements within the mitochondrial genome of a family of caenogastropod molluscs
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Evidence is provided that the lability of the molluscan mitochondrial genome extends to the family level by describing extensive gene order changes that have occurred within the Vermetidae, a family of sessile marine gastropods that radiated from a basal caenogastropod stock during the Cenozoic Era.
Bivalvia – a look at the Branches
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A revised classification of extant bivalve families (with synonyms and included subfamilies) is presented, based on information compiled from the latest palaeontological, morphological and molecular data.
Phylogeny of Veneroidea (Mollusca: Bivalvia) based on morphology and molecules
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New phylogenetic analyses on 114 taxa tested the monophyly of Veneroidea, Veneridae, and 17 nominal venerid subfamilies, using morphological and molecular data and molecular sequences from mitochondrial (16S, cytochrome oxidase I) and nuclear (28S, histone 3) genes.
Changing identities: tRNA duplication and remolding within animal mitochondrial genomes
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It is demonstrated that inferring tRNA orthologs among taxa by using anticodon triplets and deduced secondary structure can be misleading: through a process of tRNA duplication and mutation in the anticodon doublet, remolded leucine (LUUR) tRNA genes have repeatedly taken over the role of isoaccepting LCUN leucines within metazoan mtDNA.
Nomenclator of Bivalve Families with a Classification of Bivalve Families
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A working classification attempts to group all bivalve family-group names into a single system based on current hypotheses of relations and synonymies, reflecting current uncertainties and conflicting results from anatomical, molecular, and fossil data.
Systematic revision of the western Atlantic file clams, Lima and Ctenoides (Bivalvia : Limoida : Limidae)
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Based on new material from an extensive Florida Keys biodiversity survey plus museum and literature data, western Atlantic species of Lima Bruguiere, 1797 and Ctenoides Morch, 1853 are revised and diagnostic shell characters at the genus-level are supported by new anatomical characters of the gut and tentacles.
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