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Distribution of adaptations: a comparison between the functional shell morphology of freshwater and marine pelecypods
Vermeij, G.J.; Dudley, E.C. (1985). Distribution of adaptations: a comparison between the functional shell morphology of freshwater and marine pelecypods, in: Trueman, E.R. et al. (Ed.) The Mollusca, Volume 10. Evolution. pp. 461-478
In: Trueman, E.R.; Clarke, M.R. (Ed.) (1985). The Mollusca, Volume 10. Evolution. Academic Press: Orlando. ISBN 0-12-751410-4. XX, 491 pp., more

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Keywords
    Evolution; Functional morphology; Shells; Mollusca [WoRMS]; Pelecypoda [WoRMS]; Marine; Fresh water

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  • Vermeij, G.J.
  • Dudley, E.C.

Abstract
    A review is made of functional morphology of shells of burrowing pelecypods in order to study the differences between marine and freshwater habitats. Findings indicate that most antipredatory and some sediment-related adaptations are rare and poorly developed in freshwater pelecypods as compared to the widespread occurrence of these characteristics in marine forms. The biography of freshwater assemblages are also examined.

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