Animalia > Mollusca > Bivalvia > Mytiloida > Mytiloidea > Mytilidae > Mytilus > Mytilus edulis

Mytilus edulis (Blue mussel; Common mussel; edible blue mussel; Blåmusling; Cozza; Mejillón; Mejillón común; Mexilháo vulgar; Miesmuschel; Mitilo; Mossel; Moule commune; Pfahlmuschel)

Synonyms: Mytilus abbreviatus; Mytilus borealis; Mytilus edulis pusillus; Mytilus elegans; Mytilus grunerianus; Mytilus minganensis; Mytilus notatus; Mytilus pellucidus; Mytilus retusus; Mytilus subsaxatilis; Mytilus ungulatus; Mytilus variabilis; Mytilus vulgaris; Perna ungulina
Language: Spanish

Wikipedia Abstract

The blue mussel (Mytilus edulis), also known as the common mussel, is a medium-sized edible marine bivalve mollusc in the family Mytilidae, the mussels. Blue mussels are subject to commercial use and intensive aquaculture.
View Wikipedia Record: Mytilus edulis



Diet [1]  Planktivore, Detritivore
Water Biome [1]  Coastal, Brackish Water

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Adlergrund 57815 Germany    
Kadetrinne 24728 Germany  
SPA Pommersche Bucht 495241 Germany    
Vänta Litets Grund 37390 Sweden  
Westliche Rönnebank 21254 Germany    



Bucephala islandica (Barrow's Goldeneye)[2]
Calidris canutus (Red Knot)[3]
Calidris canutus rufa (Red Knot)[4]
Calidris maritima (Purple Sandpiper)[5]
Carcinus maenas (green crab)[6]
Caretta caretta (Loggerhead)[7]
Clangula hyemalis (Oldsquaw)[8]
Crossaster papposus (spiny sun star, common sun star)[9]
Ctenolabrus rupestris (Rock cook)[10]
Cymatogaster aggregata (Shiner)[3]
Enteroctopus dofleini (North Pacific giant octopus)[11]
Haematopus bachmani (Black Oystercatcher)[3]
Lepidochelys kempii (Atlantic Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley Seaturtle)[7]
Leptasterias hexactis (Six-rayed sea star)[12]
Limnodromus griseus (Short-billed Dowitcher)[3]
Limulus polyphemus (horseshoe crab)[13]
Melanitta fusca deglandi (American white-winged scoter)[8]
Notolabrus fucicola (Yellow-saddled wrasse)[14]
Notolabrus tetricus (Wrasse)[14]
Octopus bimaculoides (California two-spot octopus)[11]
Paralomis granulosa (false southern king crab)[15]
Pisaster ochraceus (Ochre sea star)[12]
Rutilus rutilus (Roach)[16]
Somateria mollissima (Common Eider)[17]
Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (Green sea urchin)[18]
Tautoga onitis (Tautog)[19]
Tautogolabrus adspersus (Sea perch)[20]


Parasitized by 
Asymphylodora demeli[21]
Bucephalopsis haimeanus <Unverified Name>[21]
Bucephalus mytili[21]
Cercaria tenuans <Unverified Name>[21]
Gymnophallus choledochus[21]
Gymnophallus deliciosus[21]
Himasthla elongata[21]
Himasthla militaris[21]
Meiogymnophallus strigatus <Unverified Name>[21]
Proctoeces maculatus[21]
Prosorhynchus crucibulum[21]
Prosorhynchus squamatus[21]
Urastoma cyprinae <Unverified Name>[21]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center
John Ball Zoological Garden
Oresundsakvariet (Oresund Aquarium)
Universeum Science Center


Western Atlantic Ocean;



Attributes / relations provided by 1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at 2Winter food habits of Barrow's Goldeneyes in southeast Alaska, Philip S. Koehl, Thomas C. Rothe, and Dirk V. Derkson, Canadian Wildlife Service, 1984 3Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979 4Monitoring of the declining rufa Red Knots at Río Grande wintering site, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Patricia M. González, Allan J. Baker & Luis Benegas, Global Flyway Network: progress report for 2007 (2008), p. 18-21 5R. W. Summers , S. Smith , M. Nicoll & N. K. Atkinson (1990) Tidal and sexual differences in the diet of Purple Sandpipers Calidris maritima in Scotland, Bird Study, 37:3, 187-194 6Elner, R. W. (1981). Diet of green crab Carcinus maenas (L.) from Port Hebert, southwestern Nova Scotia., 1(1), 89-94. 7HISTORICAL DIET ANALYSIS OF LOGGERHEAD (CARETTA CARETTA) AND KEMP’S RIDLEY (LEPIDOCHELYS KEMPI) SEA TURTLES IN VIRGINIA, Erin E. Seney, A Thesis Presented to The Faculty of the School of Marine Science The College of William and Mary in Virginia (2003) 8Winter feeding ecology and trophic relationships of Oldsquaws and White-winged Scoters on Kachemak Bay, Alaska, Gerald A. Sanger and Robert D. Jones, Jr., Canadian Wildlife Service, 1984 9A seventeen-year study of the rose star Crossaster papposus population in a coastal bay in southeast Alaska, H. R. Carlson and C. A. Pfister, Marine Biology (1999) 133: 223-230 10Dietary composition and the potential of food competition between 0-group cod (Gadus morhua L.) and some other fish species in the littoral zone, Karen Fjøsne and Jakob Gjøsæter, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 53: 757–770. 1996 11CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database 12COMPETITION FOR FOOD BETWEEN TWO INTERTIDAL STARFISH SPECIES AND ITS EFFECT ON BODY SIZE AND FEEDING, BRUCE A. MENGE, Ecology, Vol. 53, No. 4 (1972) p. 635-644 13Diet and food preferences of the adult horseshoe crab Limulus polyphemus in Delaware Bay, New Jersey, USA, M. L. Botton, Marine Biology 81, 199-207 (1984) 14Importance of trophic information, simplification and aggregation error in ecosystem models, S. J. Metcalf, J. M. Dambacher, A. J. Hobday, J. M. Lyle, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 360: 25–36, 2008 15Feeding habits of the false southern king crab Paralomis granulosa (Lithodidae) in the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, LAURA INÉS COMOGLIO and OSCAR ANTONIO AMIN, SCI. MAR., 63 (Supl. 1): 361-366 (1999) 16Lappalainen, A., M. Rask, H. Koponen & S. Vesala, 2001. Relative abundance, diet and growth of perch (Perca fluviatilis) and roach (Rutilus rutilus) at Tvärminne, northern Baltic Sea, in 1975 and 1997: responses to eutrophication? Boreal Env. Res. 6: 107–118 17Energy flow of a boreal intertidal ecosystem, the Sylt-Rømø Bight, Dan Baird, Harald Asmus, Ragnhild Asmus, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 279: 45–61, 2004 18Foods and predators of the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis in Newfoundland waters, J. H. HIMMELMAN and D. H. STEELE, Marine Biology 9, 315-322 (1971) 19 Steimle FW, Pikanowski RA, McMillan DG, Zetlin CA, Wilk SJ. 2000. Demersal Fish and American Lobster Diets in the Lower Hudson - Raritan Estuary. US Dep Commer, NOAA Tech Memo NMFS NE 161; 106 p. 20DIGESTIVE SYSTEM AND FEEDING HABITS OF THE CUNNER, TAUTOGOLABRUS ADSPERSUS, A STOMACHLESS FISH, LABBISH NING CHAO, FISHERY BULLETIN: VOL. 71. NO.2, 1973 p. 565-586 21Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Protected Areas provided by Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
Images provided by Google Image Search
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access