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p. i

Abstract

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p. vi

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Preface

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p. vii

In 1988, I received a letter from Frank Bernard asking if I could organize publication of a Catalogue of the Living Marine Bivalve Molluscs of China that he had drafted in co-operation with Professor Y.Y. Cai. I replied that I would certainly try, either as a special publication with Hong Kong University Press or as an issue...

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Introduction

Interest in the marine Mollusca, both as useful products, and as objects of beauty and intellectual speculation, probably has a longer continuous history in China than elsewhere. Significant attention to bivalves occurs in the encyclopaedias published in China in the early eighteenth century, and manuals on the culture of bivalves are known from the Ming Dynasty (est. 1470 AD). The Chinese marine fauna has received much attention from...

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p. 2

The Classification summarizes the systematic arrangement of the supraspecific taxa and serves as a general guide and index to the Systematic Catalogue that follows. The arrangement reflects inferred phylogenetic relationships based on the current concepts of systematic relationships within the Bivalvia. The arrangement used here is based...

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Biogeography

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pp. 2-5

The territorial waters of China have a complex biogeography, involving the intermixing of temperate and tropical species, as well as relict sub-boreal species. The physical geography and dominant oceanic currents interplay to increase this complexity so that the provinciality of the Chinese mainland coast is separated...

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Abbreviations

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p. 7

Classification

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Systematic Catalogue

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pp. 17-120

References

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pp. 121-146