First record of the abyssal bivalve Halicardia flexuosa (Bivalvia: Verticordiidae) in the Bay of Biscay

Andrés Arias, Irene Fernández-Rodríguez, Nuria Anadón

Paper category: Short communication
Corresponding author: Andrés Arias (
DOI: 10.2478/ohs-2019-0037
Received: 08/04/2019
Accepted: 20/05/2019
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Citation: Arias, A., Fernández-Rodríguez, I. & Anadón, N. (2019). First record of the abyssal bivalve Halicardia flexuosa (Bivalvia: Verticordiidae) in the Bay of Biscay. Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, 48(4), pp. 430-435. Retrieved 10 Dec. 2019, from doi:10.2478/ohs-2019-0037


The occurrence of the flexed verticord, Halicardia flexuosa (Verrill & S. Smith [in Verrill], 1881), is reported for the first time from the Bay of Biscay (North Iberian Peninsula). This rare bivalve was collected from deep waters (1200 m depth) of the Avilés Canyon Systems (Central Cantabrian Sea). We provide a detailed description and illustration of the species, as well as brief notes on its ecology at the new locality and its global biogeography.


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