Modiolus barbatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Mytiloidea : Mytilidae
To size: To 65mm. Shell Structure: Thin but not fragile. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Strongly inequilateral, beaks very close to the anterior margin. Tumidity: A little inflated, umbos low. Outline: Modioliform, wedge shaped; ligament margin straight sloping steeply and distinctly angled with rather straight posterior dorsal margin; posterior rounded; ventral straight; anterior slightly curved but almost indistinct from ventral.
Sculpture: Smooth with comarginal lines and growth stops. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Deeply sunken extending for about 2/3 of the ligament margin. Hinge: Hinge plate narrow, smooth. Pallial Musculature: Obscure. Periostracum: Pale brown-brown; of densely spaced, long lamellar bristles these serrated on one side. Colour: Reddish brown to yellow brown. Internal lustrous, white often tinged purple brown.
Distribution & Ecology
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Mytiloidea : Mytilidae
Listed are literature citing Modiolus barbatus (Linnaeus, 1758). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Linnaeus C 1758. Systema Naturae. Editio decima. 1. Regnum Animale Holmiae, Laurentii Salvii. 824pp.
Mladineo I, Peharda M, Orhanović S, Bolotin J, Pavela-Vrančić M & Treursić B 2007. The reproductive cycle, condition index and biochemical composition of the horse-bearded mussel Modiolus barbatus. Journal Helgoland Marine Research. 61 (3): 183-192.
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