Russian scientists discovered a subfamily Gibbozulinae
A large international group of researchers with participation of scientists from the Federal Research Centre for Comprehensive Arctic Studies (FRCCAS) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and from the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NAFU) conducted a large-scale study of freshwater mussel (pearl-shell), identifying for the first time a new subfamily of it. The authors describe the results of the study in the article published by Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution. A press release of the SAFU gives a short version of the work.
Scientists have predetermined a set of molecular markers, morphological features, and characteristics, which the family of pearl shells is distinguished by. As a result of the work some species, previously considered to belong to Unionidae, which inhabit the southeast of China and in Vietnam, including the basins of the Yangtze and Zhemchuzhnaya rivers, have been 'moved' to a newly separated Gibbosulinae subfamily of Margaritiferinae family.
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