Specimens of Lasaea rubra attached to seaweed. Photo from here.

Belongs within: Heterodonta.
Contains: Galeommatidae.

The Lasaeidae, kelly clams, are a group of small bivalves with generally thin shells. They live attached to a substrate by a byssus. Within the family, members of the genus Kellia are relatively large, up to about 15 mm in diameter, with a globose, smooth and shining shell.

<==Lasaeidae [Kelliidae]
    |--+--Galeommatidae TW07
    |  `--Kellia Turton 1822 TW07, F27
    |       |--K. antiqua Marwick 1926 F27
    |       |--K. chironii C64
    |       |--K. (Bornia) corbuloides PP64
    |       |--K. cycladia N79
    |       |--K. cycladiformis Deshayes 1850 H09
    |       |--K. jacksoniana Smith 1884 TW07
    |       |--K. japonica KBC03
    |       |--K. laperousii C64
    |       |--‘Bornia’ luticola C64
    |       |--K. physema Melvill & Standen 1899 H09
    |       |--K. rotundata Carpenter 1864 C64
    |       `--K. suborbicularis (Montagu 1804) [=Mya suborbicularis] H09
    `--Lasaea Leach 1827 TW07, P61
         |--*L. rubra (Montagu 1803) P61, R78 [=Cardium rubrum F27; incl. Poronia petitiana C64]
         |--L. adansoni [incl. L. rubra Popham 1940 non Cardium rubrum] BK77
         |--L. australis H15
         |--L. consanguinea F27
         |--L. hinemoa Finlay 1928 P61
         |--L. maoria Powell 1933 P61
         |--L. miliaris F27
         |--L. parengaensis Powell 1935 P61
         |--L. rossiana Finlay 1928 P61
         |    |--L. r. rossiana P61
         |    |--L. r. tutanekai Fleming 1948 P61
         |    `--L. r. vexata Finlay 1928 P61
         |--L. scalaris F27
         `--L. subviridis GW02

Lasaeidae incertae sedis:
  Rhectomyax undulatus (Gabb 1864) SB93
  ‘Tellina’ eburnea C64
  Cycladella papyracea C64
  Pythina rugifera Carpenter 1864 C64
  Tellimya C64
    |--T. bidentata C64
    |--T. substriata C64
    `--T. tumida Carpenter 1864 C64
  Pristes Carpenter 1864 C64
    `--*P. oblongus Carpenter 1864 C64

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BK77] Barel, C. D. N., & P. G. N. Kramers. 1977. A survey of the echinoderm associates of the north-east Atlantic area. Zoologische Verhandelingen 156: 1–159.

[C64] Carpenter, P. P. 1864. Supplementary report on the present state of our knowledge with regard to the Mollusca of the west coast of North America. Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 33: 517–686.

[F27] Finlay, H. J. 1927. A further commentary on New Zealand molluscan systematics. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 320–485.

[GW02] Giribet, G., & W. Wheeler. 2002. On bivalve phylogeny: a high-level analysis of the Bivalvia (Mollusca) based on combined morphology and DNA sequence data. Invertebrate Biology 121 (4): 271–324.

[H09] Hedley, C. 1909. The Marine Fauna of Queensland: Address by the President of Section D. Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science: Brisbane.

[H15] Hedley, C. 1915. Presidential address. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 49 (1): 1–77, pls 1–7.

[KBC03] Kashin, I. A., E. V. Bagaveeva & S. F. Chaplygina. 2003. Fouling communities of hydrotechnical constructions in Nakhodka Bay (Sea of Japan). Russian Journal of Marine Biology 29: 267–283.

[N79] Norman, A. M. 1879. The Mollusca of the fiords near Bergen, Norway. Journal of Conchology 2: 8–77.

[PP64] Peres, J. M., & J. Picard. 1964. Nouveau manuel de bionomie benthique de la mer Mediterranee. Recueil des Travaux de la Station Marine d'Endoume, Bulletin 31 (27): 5–137.

[P61] Powell, A. W. B. 1961. Shells of New Zealand: An illustrated handbook 4th ed. Whitcombe and Tombs Limited: Christchurch.

[R78] Reid, R. G. B. 1978. The systematic, adaptive and physiological significance of proteolytic enzyme distribution in bivalves. Veliger 20 (3): 260–265.

[SB93] Skelton, P. W., & M. J. Benton. 1993. Mollusca: Rostroconchia, Scaphopoda and Bivalvia. In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 237–263. Chapman & Hall: London.

[TW07] Taylor, J. D., S. T. Williams, E. A. Glover & P. Dyal. 2007. A molecular phylogeny of heterodont bivalves (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Heterodonta): new analyses of 18S and 28S rRNA genes. Zoologica Scripta 36 (6): 587–606.

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