Mytilus galloprovincialis   Lamarck,  1819 (Mussel)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia

Size: 10.2 cm

Colour: Outer surface of the shell greenish brown in colour, inner surface of the shell white with pearly appearance.

Shell large, elongated, triangular and thick. Anterior margin pointed and posterior margin broadly rounded. Valves stronglyinflated. Ligament strong and elongated. Single cardinal teeth. Inner surface pearly iridescence. Umbo sub terminal. Anterior adductor scar reduced. Posterior adductor scar very prominent. Pallial line without sinus. Inner surface extensive nacreous layer present.

Synonym (s)
Mytilus dilatatus Gray, 1825
Mytilus edulis diegensis Coe, 1945
Mytilus edulis galloprovincialis Lamarck, 1819
Mytilus edulis zhirmunskii Scarlato & Starobogatov, 1979
Mytilus flavus Poli, 1795
Mytilus galloprovincialis angustata Philippi, 1836
Mytilus galloprovincialis eduliformis Monterosato, 1891
Mytilus galloprovincialis falcata Monterosato, 1884
Mytilus galloprovincialis herculea Monterosato, 1884
Mytilus hesperianus Lamarck, 1819
Mytilus lamarckianus Clessin, 1887
Mytilus orbicularis Pallary, 1903
Mytilus sagittatus Poli, 1795
Mytilus succineus Danilo & Sandri, 1856

Common Name (s)
• Blue Mussels (English)
• Mediterranean mussel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Stella, C; Vijalakshmi, S; and Siva J (2010) Two New Records of Bivalve Species of Mytilidae Family from Palk Bay and Mandapam Area - South - East Coast of India Global Journal of Environmental Research IDOSI Publications 4(1) 40-42 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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