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Molluscan Research 26(2): 108-112; published 15 September 2006
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A new blind Anatoma species from the bathyal of the northeastern Pacific (Vetigastropoda: Anatomidae)

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA


Anatoma janetae n. sp. from the bathyal of the northeastern Pacific is described based on two incompletely preserved specimens, one including the animal. The new species is characterised by the marked switch in teleoconch sculpture from distinct raised axial cords to fine spiral steps. The species is compared to all north Pacific species. The eyes are absent in this and sev-eral other deep-water species of distinct genera, refuting the hypothesis that the character is taxonomically informative for the distinction between Anatoma and Thieleella. The radula shows a morphology of the marginal teeth that is unique among species of Anatomidae.

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