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Adamussium colbecki (Smith, 1902)


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Alexander S.P. & DeLaca T.E. 1987. Feeding adaptations of the foraminiferan Cibicides refulgens living epizoically and parasitically on the antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki. Biol. Bull. 173, 136-159. Ansell A.D., Cattaneo-Vietti R. & Chiantore M. 1998. Swimming in the Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki: analysis of in situ video recordings. Antarctic Science 10, 369-375. Berkman P.A. 1990. The population biology of the Antarctic scallop, Adamussium colbecki (Smith, 1902) at New Harbor, Ross Sea. In: K.R. Kerry & K. Hempel (Eds.) Antarctic ecosystems, ecological change and conservation. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York, pp. 281-288. Cattaneo-Vietti R., Chiantore M. & Albertelli G. 1997. The population structure and ecology of the Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki (Mollusco: Bivalvia: Pectinidae) Scientia Marina 61 (Suppl. 2), 15-24. CCAMLR. 2009. Report of the workshop on vulnerable marine ecosystems. La Jolla, CA, USA, 3 to 7 August 2009, pp. 537-571. Cerrano C., Puce S., Chiantore M. & Bavestrello G. 2000. Unusual trophic strategies of Hydractinia angusta (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) from Terra Nova Bay, Antartica. Polar Biology 23, 488-494. Cerrano C., Bertolino M., Valicano L., Bavestrello G. & Calcinai B. 2009. Epibiotic demosponges on the Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki (Smith, 1902) and the cidaroid urchins Ctenocidaris perrieri Koehler, 1912 in the nearshore habitats of the Victoria Land, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Polar Biology 32, 1067–1076. Chiantore M., Cattaneo-Vietti R., Povero P. & Albertelli G. 2000. The population structure and ecology of the antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki in Terra Nova Bay. In: F.M. Faranda, L. Guglielmo & A. Ianora (Eds.) Ross Sea Ecology: Italian Antarctic Expeditions (1986-1995). Sprinter, Berlin Heidelberg New York, pp.563-573. Dearborn J.H., Hendler G. & Edwards K.C. 1996. The diet of Ophiosparte gigas (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) along the Antarctic Peninsula, with comments on its taxonomic status. Polar Biology 16, 309-320. Guidetti M., Marcato S., Chiantore M., Patarnello T., Albertelli G. & Cattaneo-Vietti R. 2006. Exchange between populations of Adamussium colbecki (Mollousca: Bivalvia) in the Ross Sea. Antarctic Science 18, 645-653. Norkko J., Norkko A., Thrush S.F. & Cummings V.J.. 2005. Detecting growth under environmental extremes: Spatial and temporal patterns in nucleic acid ratios in two Antarctic bivalves. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 326, 144-156. Stockton W.L. 1984. The biology and ecology of the epifaunal scallop Adamussium colbecki on the west side of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Marine Biology 78, 171-178. Schiaparelli S. & Linse K. 2006. A reassessment of the distribution of the common Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki (Smith, 1902). Deep-Sea Research II 53, 912-920. Vacchi M., Cattaneo-Vietti R., Chiantore M. & Dalu M. 2000. Predator-prey relationship between the nototheniid fish Tremtomus bernacchii and the Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki at Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea). Antarctic Science 12, 64-68.


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Species distribution

The endemic Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki is reported on a wide variety of substrates: in shallow waters it was found byssally attached to rocks (Stockton, 1984), while, deeper it was found free-living on sandy, gravelly and also silt-sandy bottoms, at the surface or recessed within the sediments (Berkman, 1990). Juveniles, were found byssally attached to adults valves and the remain attached during the swimming bout (Cattaneo-Vietti et al., 1997; Ansell et al., 1998; Chiantore et al., 2000)

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