Taxonomy of some Galeommatoidea (Mollusca, Bivalvia) associated with deep-sea echinoids

  • Graham Oliver
Keywords: Galeommatoidea, deep-sea, echinoids, commensal, new genera


The type species of Axinodon ellipticus Verrill & Bush, 1898 and Kellia symmetros Jeffreys, 1876 are re-described. It is concluded that the two species are not conspecific and that K. symmetros cannot be placed in the genus Axinodon. The family affinity of Axinodon is not resolved, although it is probable that this genus belongs to the Thyasiridae. Kellia symmetros is the type species of Kelliola and is placed in the Montacutidae. Kelliola symmetros is most probably associated with the echinoid Aeropsis rostrata and is not the species previously recorded from North Atlantic Pourtalesia echinoids under the name of Axinodon symmetros. This commensal associated with the North Atlantic Pourtalesia is here described as new and placed in the new genus as Syssitomya pourtalesium gen. nov. sp. nov., Syssitomya gen. nov. differs from all other genera in the Montacutidae by having laminar gill filaments modified for harbouring symbiotic bacteria and it is thus assumed to be chemosymbiotic. A montacutid associated with the hadal Pourtalesia heptneri is described as Ptilomyax hadalis gen. nov. sp. nov.

Author Biography

Graham Oliver

Department of Biodiversity & Systematic Biology


Head of Department


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How to Cite
Oliver, G. (2012). Taxonomy of some Galeommatoidea (Mollusca, Bivalvia) associated with deep-sea echinoids. European Journal of Taxonomy, (12).