Oldest marine invertebrate [Non-colonial]

Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 2:12 am

An ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) collected off the coast of Iceland in 2006 was born in 1499. The 507-year-old bivalve mollusc was accidentally frozen by the researchers that found it, as they were unaware of the animal’s record age.

Munro, D.; Blier, P.U. (2012). The extreme longevity of Arctica islandica is associated with increased peroxidation resistance in mitochondrial membranes. Aging Cell11 (5): 845–55.

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