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First report of Laternula elliptica in the Antarctic intertidal zone

Waller, Catherine L.; Overall, Andy; Fitzcharles, Elaine M.; Griffiths, Huw


Andy Overall

Elaine M. Fitzcharles

Huw Griffiths


Many Antarctic marine invertebrates are considered to be highly stenothermal, subjected to loss of functionality at increased temperatures and so at high risk of mortality in a rapidly warming environment. The bivalve Laternula elliptica is often used as a model taxon to test these theories. Here, we report the first instance L. elliptica from an intertidal site. Genetic analysis of the tissue confirms the species identity. A total of seven animals ranging in length from 6 to 85 mm were collected from 3 × 0.25 m2 quadrats of intertidal sediments at St Martha Cove on James Ross Island, Eastern Antarctic Peninsula. Ambient temperatures of 7.5 °C within the sediment and 10 °C (air) were recorded. This raises questions as to the current perception that “many Antarctic marine invertebrates cannot adapt to higher temperatures”.


Waller, C. L., Overall, A., Fitzcharles, E. M., & Griffiths, H. (2017). First report of Laternula elliptica in the Antarctic intertidal zone. Polar Biology, 40(1), 227-230.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2016
Online Publication Date May 6, 2016
Publication Date 2017-01
Deposit Date Jun 20, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 20, 2016
Journal Polar biology
Print ISSN 0722-4060
Electronic ISSN 1432-2056
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 1
Pages 227-230
Keywords Ecophysiology, Temperature, Stenothermal, Climate change, Bivalve
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Additional Information This is a copy of an open access article from Polar biology, 2016, v.40, issue 1.


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