Graham Oliver

Contact Details

Dr Graham Oliver
Natural Sciences
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3220

Staff Name

Dr Graham Oliver

Job Title

Honorary Research Fellow (Natural Sciences)

Areas of Responsibility:

Molluscan and Collections Research

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

  • BSc (Hons) Aberdeen.
  • Ph.D Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB).
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society (FLS).
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Bangor University.

Research Interests

The taxonomy and systematics of molluscs, primarily bivalves and especially those living in extreme environments such as methane seeps, brine pools and the deep-sea. Secondarily the taxonomy of bivalves of the Western Indian Ocean, Arabian and Red Sea. History of shell collections and conchologists. Development of taxonomic tools primarily identification web sites and associated training. Recent projects include the description of new species of bivalves from Svalbard, Papua New Guinea and Antarctica; the history of the Montagu shell collection and a biography of John Adams of Pembroke; a bivalve training course in Kerala, India.


Taxonomy, Mollusca, Bivalvia, deep-sea, extremophiles, shell collections, taxonomic training.


Selected Publications

Oliver, P. G. & Rodrigues, C. F. 2017. Thyasiridae (Mollusca: Bivalvia) from the Kemp Caldera hydrothermal site, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica. Journal of Conchology, 42, 267-82.

Oliver, P. G., Skryabin, V. A. & Al-Ghunaim, A. Y. 2017. A new genus and species of galeommatoid bivalve (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Montacutidae) from Kuwait Bay, Arabian Gulf. Zoology in the Middle East, DOI: 10.1080/09397140.2017.1299317.

Åström, E. K. L., Oliver, P. G. & Carroll M. L. 2017. A new genus and two new species of Thyasiridae associated with methane seeps off Svalbard, Arctic Ocean. Marine Biology Research, DOI: 10.1080/17451000.2016.1272699.

Oliver, P. G., Morgenroth, H. & Salvador, A. (in press). Type specimens of Mollusca described by Col. George Montagu in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter and The Natural History Museum, London. Zoosystematics and Evolution. 50pp. Accepted June, 2017.

Oliver, P. G., Jayachandran P. R. & Nandan, S. B. 2016. Cuspidaria cochinensis Preston, 1916 transferred to the Corbulidae (Mollusca, Bivalvia) and assigned to the genus Cuneocorbula. Marine Biodiversity DOI 10.1007/s12526-016-0578-y.

Holmes, A.M., Oliver, P.G., Trewhella, S., Hill, R & Quigley D.T.G. 2015. Trans-Atlantic rafting of inshore mollusca on macro-litter: American molluscs on British and Irish shores, new records. Journal of Conchology, 42 (1) 41-49.

Oliver, P. G. 2015. Description of the “Juan de Fuca vent mussel”, Benthomodiolus erebus sp.nov. (Bivalvia: Bathymodiolinae): “phylogenetically basal but morphologically not primitive” Zoosystematics and Evolution, 91(2), 151-65.

Oliver, P. G. 2014. “Tubular Gills” Extreme gill modification in the Thyasiroidea with the description of Ochetoctena tomasi gen. et sp. nov. (Bivalvia: Thyasiroidea). Zoosystematics and Evolution,  90(2), 121-32

Oliver P. G. & Frey, M. A. 2014 Ascetoaxinus quatsinosensis sp. et gen. nov. (Bivalvia: Thyasiroidea) from Vancouver Island, with notes on Conchocele Gabb, 1866 and Channelaxinus Valentich-Scott & Coan, 2011. Zootaxa, 3869, 452-468.

Oliver P. G., Vestheim, H., Antunes, A. & Kaartvedt, S. 2014. Systematics, functional morphology and distribution of a bivalve (Apachecorbula muriatica gen. et sp. nov.) from the rim of the “Valdivia Deep” brine pool in the Red Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK. doi:10.1017/S0025315414001234.

Oliver, P. G. & Drewery, J. 2013. New species of chemosymbiotic clams (Bivalvia: Vesicomyidae and Thyasiridae) from a putative ‘seep’ in the Hatton–Rockall Basin, north-east Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 94(02): 389-403.

Oliver, P. G., Rodrigues, C. F., Carney, R. & Duperron, S. 2013. Spinaxinus (Bivalvia: Thyasiroidea) from sulfide biogenerators in the Gulf of Mexico and hydrothermal vents in the Fiji Back Arc: chemosymbiosis and taxonomy. Scientia Marina, 77(4), 663-76.

Oliver, P.G., Holmes, A.M., Killeen, I.J. & Turner, J.A. 2010. Marine Bivalve Shells of the British Isles (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Available online at

Oliver, P.G., Wood, H. & Holmes, A.M. 2009. First British record of the shipworm Uperotus (Bivalvia: Teredinae) from driftwood on the Llyn, Wales. Journal of Conchology, 39(6) 681-682.

Oliver P.G. & Holmes, A.M. 2006. The Arcoidea (Mollusca: Bivalvia): a review of the current phonetic-based systematics. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 148 (3) 237-251.

Oliver, P.G. & Holmes, A.M. 2006. New species of Thyasiridae (Bivalvia) from chemosynthetic communities in the Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Conchology, 39(2) 175-183.

Oliver, P.G. & Holmes, A.M. 2006. A new species of Lucinoma (Bivalvia: Lucinoidea) from the Oxygen Minimum Zone of the Oman Margin, Arabian Sea. Journal of Conchology, 39 (1), 63-77.

Holmes, A.M., Oliver, P.G. & Sellanes, J. 2005. A new species of Lucinoma (Bivalvia: Lucinoidea) from a methane gas seep off the southwest coast of Chile. Journal of Conchology,38 (6) 673-681.

Mackie, A.S.Y., Oliver, P. G., Darbyshire, T. & Mortimer, K. 2005. Shallow marine benthic invertebrates of the Seychelles Plateau: high diversity in a tropical oligotrophic environment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A,363, 203–228.

Oliver, P.G., Holmes, A.M., Killeen, I.J., Light, I.J. & Wood, H. 2004. Annotated checklist of the marine Bivalvia of Rodrigues. Journal of Natural History, 38, 3229-3272.

Oliver, P.G. & Holmes, A.M. 2004. Cryptic bivalves with description of new species from the Rodrigues lagoon. Journal of Natural History, 38, 3175-3227.

Oliver, G., Holmes, A., Wood, H., Killeen, I. & Light, J.  Studies of the Mollusca of the Rodrigues Lagoon.  In J.C. Burnett, J.S. Kavanagh and T. Spencer (eds), Shoals of Capricorn Programme Field Report, 1998-2001. Royal Geographic Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) London, 40-41.

Seddon, M., Wood, H. & Oliver, G. 2002.

The Melvill-Tomlin Collection: Completing the inventory in 22 years! [PDF]
Amgueddfa 2000-2002, 40-41.

Mackie, A., Oliver, P.G.Darbyshire, T. & Mortimer, K. 2001.  Benthic faunal studies in the Seychelles. In J.C. Burnett, J.S. Kavanagh & T. Spencer (eds), Shoals of Capricorn Field Report 1998-2001: Marine Science, training and education in the western Indian Ocean. Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), p. 37.