Marine Biology

, Volume 144, Issue 3, pp 537–545

Genetic heterogeneity among New Zealand species of hydrothermal vent mussels (Mytilidae: Bathymodiolus)


    • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd.
  • S. M. McVeagh
    • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd.
  • Y. Won
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
    • Department of GeneticsRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • R. C. Vrijenhoek
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-003-1207-4

Cite this article as:
Smith, P.J., McVeagh, S.M., Won, Y. et al. Marine Biology (2004) 144: 537. doi:10.1007/s00227-003-1207-4


Molecular systematic studies provide evidence for three new species of Bathymodiolus-like hydrothermal vent mussels (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) from relatively shallow waters (depth less than 750 m) associated with the Kermadec Arc off northern New Zealand. Mitochondrial COI sequences from the three putative new species differed substantially from those of other known bathymodiolin species from the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Population genetic analysis of one of these species (Bathymodiolus new species NZ-1) revealed heterogeneity in allozyme gene frequencies between samples collected from two seamounts about 50 km apart. Factors that might contribute to genetic differentiation between neighbouring seamounts are discussed.

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