Mytilus edulis   Linnaeus,  1758 (Mussel)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia

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Size: Reaches 2.5 to 7.5 cm in size,

Its diet consists of planktonic and minute detrital food items through either suspension or deposit feeding.

Sexes are seperate, usually not dimorphic in shell structure; fertilization occurs within the mantle cavity and young hatch as pelagic larvae (generalized for group)

Synonym (s)
Mytilus abbreviatus Lamarck, 1819
Mytilus borealis Lamarck, 1819
Mytilus edulis pusillus Macgillivray, 1843
Mytilus elegans Brown, 1827
Mytilus grunerianus Dunker, 1853
Mytilus minganensis Mighels, 1844
Mytilus notatus DeKay, 1843
Mytilus pellucidus Pennant, 1777
Mytilus retusus Lamarck, 1819
Mytilus subsaxatilis Williamson, 1834
Mytilus ungulatus Linnaeus, 1758
Mytilus variabilis Fischer von Waldheim, 1807
Mytilus vulgaris da Costa, 1778
Perna ungulina Philipsson, 1788

Common Name (s)
• blue mussel (English)
• Common mussel (English)
• Edible blue mussel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Coastal


• Kerala, Off Calicut INDIA
• Kerala, Kollam Coast (Lat: 8.9) (Long: 76.63) INDIA (Record: 07/2008-09/2008) (Depth: 1-3 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Sreenivasn, A and Venkataraman, R (1956) Marine denitrifying bacteria from south India Journal of General Microbiology Society for General Microbiology 15 241-247 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Manilal, A; Sujith, S; Selvin, J; Kiran, GS; Shakir, C and Lipton, AP (2010) Antimicrobial potential of marine organisms collected from the southwest coast of India against multiresistant human and shrimp pathogens Scientia Marina CSIC 74(2) 287-296 Available at -

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