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Monoplacophorans: Monoplacophora

Monoplacophorans And People

Scientist studying the origins of mollusks or how animals adapt to deep-sea life use monoplacophorans as research subjects.


Monoplacophorans were once only known from fossils. These stone impressions preserved only the details of the hard valves of these ancient species, not their soft bodies. In 1952, a Danish expedition named "Galathea" dredged up ten living specimens from the deep waters off the Pacific coast of Mexico. Their never-seen-before fleshy bodies revealed the similarities of monoplacophorans to chitons and snails. The new species was given the name Neopilina galathea. Neopilina comes from the Greek neos, or new, and pilion, or little cap.

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Animal Life ResourceMollusks, Crustaceans, and Related SpeciesMonoplacophorans: Monoplacophora - Physical Characteristics, Monoplacophorans And People, No Common Name (laevipilina Antarctica): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, BEHAVIOR AND REPRODUCTION, CONSERVATION STATUS