Data from: Adaptation to deep-sea chemosynthetic environments as revealed by mussel genomes

Jin Sun, Yu Zhang, Ting Xu, Yang Zhang, Huawei Mu, Yanjie Zhang, Yi Lan, Christopher J. Fields, Jerome H. L. Hui, Wei-Peng Zhang, Runsheng Li, Wenyan Nong, Fiona K. M. Cheung, Jian-Wen Qiu & Pei-Yuan Qian
Hydrothermal vents and methane seeps are extreme deep-sea ecosystems that support dense populations of specialised macrobenthos such as mussels. But lack of genome information hinders understanding of the adaptation of these animals to such inhospitable environment. Here we report the genomes of a deep-sea vent/seep mussel Bathymodiolus platifrons and a shallow-water mussel Modiolus philippinarum. Phylogenetic analysis shows that these mussel species diverged approximately 110.4 million years ago. Many gene families, especially those for stabilising protein...

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