Biogeography and biodiversity of western Atlantic mollusks by Edward J. Petuch

By Edward J. Petuch

"Detailing 3 marine molluscan faunal provinces (Carolinian, Caribbean, and Brazilian), this quantity examines the distribution and evolutionary styles of the marine mollusks of the tropical and subtropical areas of the western Atlantic Ocean. It additionally covers the paleobiogeography of the tropical Americas, discussing the ancestral biogeographical areas that gave upward thrust to the new provincial and subprovincial Read more...

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Jenniferae, P. erici, and P. protocardinalis being the oldest known members of the genus; Petuch and Drolshagen, 2011) and with Tenorioconus being confined to the 14 Biogeography and biodiversity of western Atlantic mollusks Gatunian Paleoprovince (the members of the T. consobrinus species complex). Purpuriconus was a Floridian Caloosahatchian genus that moved into the northern Caribbean, while Tenorioconus was a resident southern Caribbean Gatunian genus that never dispersed beyond its original range.

Note: Mikkelsen and Bieler, 2007, incorrectly refer to the Florida Bay populations of Argopecten irradians taylorae as Argopecten irradians concentricus. , 1997], which Mikkelsen and Bieler apparently ignored). The most important endemic gastropod group in the entire Carolinian Province is the family Busyconidae. Having evolved in the Caloosahatchian Paleoprovince, this large and diverse family has always been confined to eastern North America and the Gulf of Mexico and can be considered to be, collectively, the single most characteristic Carolinian molluscan taxon.

Having evolved in the Caloosahatchian Paleoprovince, this large and diverse family has always been confined to eastern North America and the Gulf of Mexico and can be considered to be, collectively, the single most characteristic Carolinian molluscan taxon. Over 120 busyconid species and 12 genera are known from the fossil record (Oligocene to Pleistocene) of the eastern United States, and 17 living species and subspecies and six genera are now known from the Carolinian Province (see Petuch, 1994, 2004).

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