Mussel of the

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1 June 2011

Mussel of the Month

The June 2011 Mussel of the Month is Ctenodesma scheibeneri. Ctenodesma is a genus of two species endemic to the island of Borneo.

Ctenodesma scheibeneri
SMF 3283. "Borneo: Oberlauf des Soengei Batoe, kp. Moeara Koeajan,
Unterabt. Sampit, U.distr. Boven-Sampit" (type).

There is little to say about Ctenodesma, other than that the genus is reported to be endemic to Borneo (e.g., Haas, 1969). However, the only primary literature we know of from the last 40 years that mentions Ctenodesma reports it from Sumatra (Marwoto, 1987).


Phylum Mollusca
Class Bivalvia
Subclass Palaeoheterodonta
Order Unionoida

Superfamily UNIONOIDEA Rafinesque, 1820

Family UNIONIDAE s.s.

Genus Ctenodesma Simpson, 1900

Species Ctenodesma scheibeneri Haas, 1927

To find out what you can about Ctenodesma, check out:
  • Haas, F. 1969. Superfamilia Unionacea. Das Tierreich (Berlin) 88: 663 pp.
  • Marwoto, R.M. 1987. Some freshwater mussels family Unionidae and gastropods from Rengas and Sungkai Rivers in Jambi Province. Berita Biologi 3(7): 306-307.
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