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Moluscos del Mar Profundo: Diversos, Distantes y Extremos
José H. Leal

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA; jleal@shellmuseum.org

13:00 hrs. - Museo de Las Culturas - Calle Moneda No. 13 - Centro Histórico


The deep-sea is truly the last frontier in ocean exploration: most of what we know about the ecology and systematics of deep-sea organisms has been established in the last 30–40 years, with a large number of striking advances taking place within the past ten years. The accidental discovery of hydrothermal vent ecosystems in the late 1970s may be regarded as one of the initial stages in a long succession of breakthroughs in modern deep-sea biological research. These breakthroughs comprise, among others, the description of the different communities and food webs based on chemosynthetic bacteria. Unlike plants, which derive their energy from sunlight, chemosynthetic bacteria thrive thanks to compounds present in seawater near hydrothermal vents, in areas where oil and gas seep from the seafloor, and around the dead bodies of whales and corpses of other large marine animals. Mollusks are well-represented in these singular ecosystems: the presenter will discuss some of the most remarkable and biologically intriguing species, including some recently described ones.


The American Malacological Society, the Asociación Latinoamericana de Malacología, the Sociedad de Malacología de México, and the Western Society of Malacologists cordially invite you to attend the first ever malacological Meeting of the Americas!

Mollusca 2014 will be the first joint meeting of the four host mollusk societies of the Americas. It will be held at the Library Complex Amoxcalli in the Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City.

Updated information will be available at:

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