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The Freshwater Mussels (Unionoida) of the World (and other less consequential bivalves)

FM(U)otW(aolcb) is the web version of the MUSSEL Project Database. Follow the links to browse the data or use the custom Google search field. Either way, you win!

For each taxon, information is provided regarding habitat, horizon (Recent unless otherwise listed), and diversity. We are actively working on the Recent freshwater mussels, and those are the taxa for which the data are most complete. For other Recent freshwater bivalves, the information largely follows Graf (2013). For other taxa (e.g., marine, fossil), any content is largely incidental.

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Bivalvia | Unionoida | Etherioidea

family IRIDINIDAE Swainson, 1840
     7 nominal families as synonyms | cladomics

Global Diversity of the "Iridinidae". The red wedge of the pie represents the relative Recent species diversity of the family (39 of 992).

The "Iridinidae" (39 Recent spp., 5 genera) is a long-recognized taxon, endemic to Afrotropica. The family has traditionally been divided among two subfamilies, and recent analyses have suggested that the "Iridinidae" is not monophyletic. While we wait for more data, we will continue to use this family name.

subfamily ASPATHARIINAE Modell, 1942: 22 Recent species.
2 family-group synonyms | 2 genera| cladomics

subfamily IRIDININAE Swainson, 1840: 17 Recent species.
5 family-group synonyms | 3 genera| cladomics

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