Modiolus barbatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Mytiloidea : Mytilidae
|Tebble name:||Modiolus barbatus (Linnaeus)|
|Smith & Heppell name:||Modiolus barbatus (L., 1758)|
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.
- Conchological Society
of Great Britain & Ireland
Provides resources for understanding, identifying, recording, and conserving molluscs
Check List of European Marine Mollusca
The Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland (MarLIN) provides information for marine environmental management, protection and education. It is a centre of excellence in spatially based and time-series marine biological information and supports good stewardship in the marine environment.
- NBN Gateway
National Biodiversity Network's Gateway. Use it to explore UK biodiversity data, as contributed by participating data providers.
- Malacological Society
- Unitas Malacologica
- Census of Marine Life
MarBEF, a network of excellence funded by the European Union and consisting of 94 European marine institutes, is a platform to integrate and disseminate knowledge and expertise on marine biodiversity, with links to researchers, industry, stakeholders and the general public.