The Marine Mollusks of the Galápagos

Determinants of Insular Marine Faunas
  • E. Alison Kay
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 8)


Charles Darwin, on his visit to the Galápagos Islands, celebrated the “eminently curious” creatures of the land, but paid scant attention to marine organisms. Two comments, however, indicate that Darwin recognized that the marine mollusks were also unique: 1) “... of the ninety shells no less than forty-seven are unknown elsewhere—a wonderful fact, considering how widely distributed sea-shells generally are” (Darwin, 1906, p. 376); and 2) “We have... in this quarter of the world, three great conchological sea-provinces, quite distinct...” (Darwin, 1906, p. 376).


Pacific Plate Hawaiian Island Bivalve Species Marine Mollusk Galapagos Island 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Alison Kay
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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