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Volume 31, Issue 4 (Jan 2010)

A new fossil Adamussium (Bivalvia: Pectinidae) from Antarctica

Fernanda Quaglio
  • Instituto de Geociências, Universidade de São Paulo USP, Rua do Lago 562, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo, Brazil, CEP 05508-080
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/ Rowan Whittle
  • British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, High Cross, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0ET, United Kingdom
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  • Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP, Distrito de Rubião Júnior s/n, CEP 18618-000, Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil
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Published Online: 2010-11-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10183-010-0006-0

A new fossil Adamussium (Bivalvia: Pectinidae) from Antarctica

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.

Keywords: Antarctica; Adamussium; Pectinidae; Destruction Bay Formation; Oligocene

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Published Online: 2010-11-25

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Citation Information: Polish Polar Research, ISSN (Online) 2081-8262, ISSN (Print) 0138-0338, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10183-010-0006-0.

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