Musculista senhausia   (Benson in Cantor,  1842) (Mussel)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order:Mytiloida
Family:Mytilidae

Description
Size: 1-2cm long

The two-part shell is thin, fragile and smooth. These tiny mussels build communal 'nests' out of byssal threads incorporating sediments, bits of broken shells and other debris. Large areas can be covered in such 'nests', pockmarked with little slits, each housing one mussel. Sometimes, small Green mussels (Perna viridis) are seen growing among the tinier nest mussels.


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Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Estuarine

Biogeography


• Kerala, Kochi Backwaters INDIA
• Kerala, Neendakara INDIA (Record: 02/1974-01/1975)

Literature Source(s)
  • Sreedhar, KS and Radhakrishnan, CK (2004) Histochemical localization of energy reserves in the mussel Musculista senhausia Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 46(1) 44-49 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Tan, R Wild fact sheets Available at - http://www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/index.html
  • Nair, NB; Azis, PKA; Arunachalam, M; Dharmaraj, K and Krishnakumar, K (1984) Ecology of Indian estuaries: Ecology and distribution of benthic macrofauna in the Ashtamudi estuary, Kerala Mahasagar-Bulletin of the National Institute of Oceanography National Institute of Oceanography 17(2) 89-101 Available at - http://ijs.nio.org/index.php/msagar/article/view/1772/1750

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