Family Mesodesmatidae Gray 1840 (clam)

Bivalvia - Cardiida - Mesodesmatidae

Parent taxon: Mactroidea according to J. H. Signorelli and J. G. Carter 2016

See also Carter et al. 2011, Glenn 1904, Nevesskaja 2009 and Vokes 1980

Sister taxa: Anatinellidae, Cardiliidae, Mactridae

Subtaxa: Davilinae Donacilla Mesodesmatinae Paphies

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Ecology: facultatively mobile infaunal suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Australia (8 collections), Chile (1), Djibouti (3), Eritrea (3), Japan (1), New Zealand (1), Peru (12), South Africa (1), Turkey (1), United States (8: Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina)

• Pliocene of Australia (1), Costa Rica (1), Greece (1), Italy (1), New Zealand (2), Peru (1), the United Kingdom (2)

• Miocene of Australia (2), Indonesia (1)

• Eocene of Mexico (1), Saudi Arabia (1), United States (1: Texas)

Total: 54 collections including 57 occurrences

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