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HKBU biologist's deep-sea research paper selected as editor's choice


In situ photograph showing a population of the deep-sea mussel Gigantidas haimaensis n. sp. clustered on a carbonate rock outcrop in Haima cold seep at a depth of 1385 m.

A paper published two years ago by a research team led by HKBU biologist Prof Qiu Jianwen has been recently selected as an Editor’s Choice article in the deep-sea research journal Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers.

The paper titled “A new species of deep-sea mussel (Bivalvia: Mytilidae: Gigantidas) from the South China Sea: morphology, phylogenetic position, and gill-associated microbes” ( describes a new species of deep-sea mussel (Gigantidas haimaensis n. sp.) collected from a cold seep on the northwestern slope of the South China Sea. It is the first new species of deep-sea mussel described from Chinese waters and in the entire South China Sea. The research is supported by a National Key R&D Program from the Ministry of Science and Technology, China.