Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 308–313 | Cite as

Salinity Adaptations and Bathymetric Distribution of Bivalve Mollusks Portlandia arcticaand Nuculana pernula in the White Sea

  • V. Ya. Berger
  • A. D. Naumov


We examined changes in the oxygen consumption rate, the number of active animals, rate of losses of salts, and the level of cell hydration under conditions of decreased salinity in the mollusks Portlandia arctica(Gray) and Nuculana pernula(O.F. Müller), inhabiting the White Sea in the deepest depths under high salinity (about 30‰) and negative temperatures of –1.3 to –1.4°C throughout the year. It has been shown that the mollusks demonstrate a relatively great tolerance of desalination at the organism level and a capability to regulate cell volume under decreased salinity of the environment. We concluded that the depletion of fauna of the White Sea in the deepest depths is not connected with the tolerance level of deep-sea animals to salinity fluctuations, but rather is due to environmental conditions (liquid silts and negative temperatures).

White Sea benthos mollusks adaptation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Ya. Berger
    • 1
  • A. D. Naumov
    • 1
  1. 1.Skarlato White Sea Marine Biological Station, Zoological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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