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Image of pterioidean bivalve, Pterelectroma physoides (Lamarck, 1819)

The pterioidean bivalve, Pterelectroma physoides (Lamarck, 1819) from northern Australia, mimicking the branches of the hydrozoan host.

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Ilya TëmkinResearch Collaborator

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  • Mailing Address:
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    PO Box 37012, MRC 163
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Responsibilities: Research Collaborator

    B.S. (Honors), Columbia University, New York, 1998
    Ph.D., New York University/American Museum of Natural History, New York, 2007

    Research Interests: Evolution, phylogeny, and systematics of pterioidean bivalves (pearl oysters and their relatives) using morphological, molecular, and paleontological data; evolution and ontogeny of bivalve ligament systems; evolution of material culture; evolutionary theory.

    Selected Publications:
    Lutikov, O.A., I. Tëmkin, and B.N. Shurygin. In press. Phylogeny and evolution of ontogeny of the family Oxytomidae Ichikawa, 1958 (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Stratigraphy and Geological Correlation.

    Tëmkin, I., M. Glaubrecht, and F. Köhler. 2009. Wilhelm Dunker, his collection, and pteriid systematics. Malacologia 51(1): 39-79.

    Printrakoon, C. and I. Tëmkin. 2008. Comparative ecology of two parapatric species of Isognomon (Bivalvia: Iognomonidae) of Khung Krabaen Bay, Thailand. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology (Suppl.) 18: 75-94.

    Wada, K. and I. Tëmkin. 2008. Taxonomy and phylogeny. In P. C. Southgate & J. S. Lucas (eds.), The Pearl Oyster. Elsevier. Pp. 37-75.

    Tëmkin, I. and N. Eldredge. 2007. Phylogenetics and material cultural evolution. Current Anthropology 48(1): 146-153.

    Tëmkin, I. 2006. Anatomy, shell morphology, and microstructure of the living fossil Pulvinites exempla (Hedley, 1914) (Bivalvia: Pulvinitidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 148: 523-552.

    Tëmkin, I. 2006. Morphological perspective on classification and evolution of Recent Pterioidea (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 148: 253-312.

    Mikkelsen, P. M., I. Tëmkin, R. Bieler, and W. G. Lyons. 2004. Pinctada longisquamosa (Dunker, 1852) (Bivalvia: Pteriidae), an unrecognized pearl oyster in the western Atlantic. Malacologia 46(2): 473-501.

    Tëmkin, I. 2004. Evolution of the Baltic psaltery: a case for phyloorganology? The Galpin Society Journal 57: 219-230.

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