Biology Bulletin

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 276–280 | Cite as

Heart rate variation patterns in some representatives of Bivalvia

  • I. N. Bakhmet
  • V. V. Khalaman
Animal and Human Physiology


The pattern of heart rate variation was studied in bivalves sublittoral (aquaculture) and littoral mussels Mytilus edulis L. and Hiatella arctica L. in a long-term experiment at constant salinity (25‰) and temperature (10°C). Periodic changes in heart rate were observed in both littoral and sublittoral mussels. Heart activity could regularly decrease up to temporary cardiac arrest. Changes in H. arctica heart rate were much less pronounced compared to mussels and no cardiac arrest was observed.


Heart Rate Cardiac Arrest Rate Variation Variation Pattern Periodic Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. N. Bakhmet
    • 1
  • V. V. Khalaman
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Biology, Karelian Research CentreRussian Academy of SciencesKareliaRussia
  2. 2.Scarlato White Sea Biological Station, Zoological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt.-PetersburgRussia

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