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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 angulatus; Mytilus borealis; Mytilus edulis subsp. edulis; Mytilus edulis subsp. pusillus; Mytilus elegans; Mytilus grunerianus; Mytilus minganensis; Mytilus notatus; Mytilus pellucidus; Mytilus petasunculinus; Mytilus retusus; Mytilus retusus var. acrocyrta; Mytilus solitarius; Mytilus spathulinus; Mytilus subsaxatilis; Mytilus trigonus; 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.
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Attributes

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    

Ecosystems

Predators

Ammodytes tobianus (lesser sand eel)[2]
Anas rubripes (American Black Duck)[2]
Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone)[2]
Aythya marila (Greater Scaup)[2]
Bucephala islandica (Barrow's Goldeneye)[3]
Calidris alpina (Dunlin)[2]
Calidris canutus (Red Knot)[4]
Calidris canutus rufa (Red Knot)[5]
Calidris maritima (Purple Sandpiper)[6]
Calidris minutilla (Least Sandpiper)[7]
Carcinus maenas (green crab)[8]
Caretta caretta (Loggerhead)[9]
Chelon labrosus (thicklip mullet)[2]
Chen canagica (Emperor Goose)[7]
Clangula hyemalis (Oldsquaw)[10]
Clupea harengus (Yawling)[2]
Cnidoglanis macrocephalus (South Australian catfish)[2]
Corvus corone (Carrion Crow)[2]
Crangon crangon (common shrimp)[2]
Crossaster papposus (spiny sun star, common sun star)[11]
Ctenolabrus rupestris (Rock cook)[12]
Cygnus cygnus (Whooper Swan)[7]
Cymatogaster aggregata (Shiner)[4]
Delphinus delphis (Short-beaked Saddleback Dolphin)[2]
Enchelyopus cimbrius (Rockling)[2]
Enteroctopus dofleini (North Pacific giant octopus)[13]
Eutrigla gurnardus (Grey gurnard)[2]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[2]
Haematopus ater (Blackish Oystercatcher)[7]
Haematopus bachmani (Black Oystercatcher)[4]
Haematopus chathamensis (Chatham Oystercatcher)[7]
Haematopus longirostris (Pied Oystercatcher)[7]
Haematopus unicolor (Variable Oystercatcher)[7]
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[2]
Halichoerus grypus (Gray Seal)[2]
Himasthla elongata[2]
Histrionicus histrionicus (Harlequin Duck)[2]
Homarus americanus (American lobster)[2]
Larus marinus (Great Black-backed Gull)[2]
Larus smithsonianus (American Herring Gull)[7]
Lepidochelys kempii (Atlantic Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley Seaturtle)[9]
Leptasterias hexactis (Six-rayed sea star)[14]
Leptasterias tenera (Slender sea star)[2]
Limanda limanda (Sand dab)[2]
Limnodromus griseus (Short-billed Dowitcher)[4]
Limulus polyphemus (horseshoe crab)[15]
Liopsetta glacialis (Polar plaice)[2]
Liparis callyodon (Spotted snailfish)[2]
Lutra lutra (European Otter)[2]
Mediaster aequalis (Vermillion sea star)[2]
Melanitta fusca deglandi (American white-winged scoter)[10]
Melanitta nigra (Black Scoter)[7]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[2]
Merlangius merlangus (Whiting)[2]
Microstomus kitt (Sweet fluke)[2]
Morone saxatilis (Striper bass)[2]
Notolabrus fucicola (Yellow-saddled wrasse)[16]
Notolabrus tetricus (Wrasse)[16]
Nucella lapillus (Atlantic dogwinkle)[2]
Octopus bimaculoides (California two-spot octopus)[13]
Paralomis granulosa (false southern king crab)[17]
Pholis gunnellus (Tissy)[2]
Pisaster ochraceus (Ochre sea star)[14]
Platichthys flesus (North Atlantic flounder)[2]
Pleuronectes platessa (European plaice)[2]
Polysticta stelleri (Steller's Eider)[2]
Pomatoschistus microps (Common goby)[2]
Pomatoschistus minutus (freckled goby)[2]
Profilicollis botulus[2]
Psilostomum brevicolle[2]
Rachycentron canadum (Sergent fish)[2]
Raja clavata (Roker)[2]
Rutilus rutilus (Roach)[18]
Salmo trutta (Brown trout)[2]
Scyliorhinus canicula (Small-spotted catshark)[2]
Somateria mollissima (Common Eider)[19]
Stramonita canaliculata[2]
Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (Green sea urchin)[20]
Symphodus melops (Gilt-head)[2]
Tadorna tadorna (Common Shelduck)[2]
Tautoga onitis (Tautog)[21]
Tautogolabrus adspersus (Sea perch)[22]
Thalasseus sandvicensis (Sandwich Tern)[2]
Trisopterus luscus (Whiting-pout)[2]
Ursus maritimus (Polar Bear)[2]
Zoarces viviparus (viviporous blenny)[2]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Asymphylodora demeli[23]
Bucephalopsis haimeanus <Unverified Name>[23]
Bucephalus mytili[23]
Cercaria tenuans <Unverified Name>[23]
Gymnophallus choledochus[23]
Gymnophallus deliciosus[23]
Gymnophallus somateriae[2]
Himasthla continua[2]
Himasthla elongata[23]
Himasthla militaris[23]
Meiogymnophallus strigatus <Unverified Name>[23]
Mytilicola intestinalis[2]
Proctoeces maculatus[23]
Prosorhynchus crucibulum[23]
Prosorhynchus squamatus[23]
Psilostomum brevicolle[2]
Renicola roscovita[2]
Urastoma cyprinae <Unverified Name>[23]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

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

Distribution

Western Atlantic Ocean;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
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3Winter food habits of Barrow's Goldeneyes in southeast Alaska, Philip S. Koehl, Thomas C. Rothe, and Dirk V. Derkson, Canadian Wildlife Service, 1984
4Food 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
5Monitoring 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
6R. 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
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9HISTORICAL 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)
10Winter 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
11A 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
12Dietary 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
13CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database
14COMPETITION 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
15Diet 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)
16Importance 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
17Feeding 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)
18Lappalainen, 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
19Energy flow of a boreal intertidal ecosystem, the Sylt-Rømø Bight, Dan Baird, Harald Asmus, Ragnhild Asmus, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 279: 45–61, 2004
20Foods 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)
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