Protobranch bivalves.

  title={Protobranch bivalves.},
  author={John D. Zardus},
  journal={Advances in marine biology},
  • John D. Zardus
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine
  • Advances in marine biology
  • The subclass Protobranchia comprises more than 600 species of bivalves that occur throughout the world ocean. Mostly deposit feeders in soft sediments, they are abundant in the deep sea. Apomorphies that unite them as a group include gill structure, hinge conformation, shell microstructure, larval development, foot morphology, respiratory pigments, trophic mode and digestion. They are relatively small and highly conserved in form, originating in the Cambrian era. They may represent an ancestral… CONTINUE READING
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