Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Mollusca

Bivalvia Linnaeus, 1758

Rank: Class
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Class group names

Conchifera Lamarck, 1818 synonym
Lamellibranchiata Blainville, 1824 synonym
Pelecypoda Goldfuss, 1820 synonym


Heterodonta Neumayr, 1884
Palaeoheterodonta Newell, 1965
Protobranchia Pelseneer, 1889
Pteriomorphia Beurlen, 1944

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Dutch: tweekleppigen sources: Backeljau, T. (1986). Lijst van de recente mariene mollusken van België [List of the recent marine molluscs of Belgium]. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussels, Belgium. 106 pp.
 English: bivalves; bivalves and clams sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English-United States: bivalves sources: Charles Hussey
 Swedish: musslor sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Ukrainian: Двостулкові; Двостулкові молюски


original description

Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp.

additional source

Taylor J. D., Kennedy W. J. & Hall A. (1973). The Shell Structure and Mineralogy of the Bivalvia. II. Lucinacea-Clavagellacea. Conclusions. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), Zoology, London 22 (9): 253-294, pl. 15

additional source

Cox L.R. et al., 1969. Part N: Mollusca 6, Bivalvia. In R.C. Moore (ed.), Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press, Lawrence. 2 vol., 1224 p.

additional source

Bieler R. & Mikkelsen P. 2006. Bivalvia – a look at the Branches. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 148, 223–235.



External Links



Gofas, S. (2014). Bivalvia. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:105




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