|Basic Information||Biotope classification||Ecology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Species composition||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Anon. - Mytilus edulis beds with hydroids and ascidians on tide-swept moderately exposed circalittoral rock. Image width ca 1m in foreground.
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CR.MCR.CMus.CMyt recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
Temperature range preferences - See additional information.
Water clarity preferences - Medium clarity / Medium turbidity
Low clarity / High turbidity
Limiting Nutrients - Data deficient
Other preferences -
Mytilus edulis is found in circumpolar and temperature waters in the north and south hemispheres. Mytilus edulis can survive periodic freezing to -10°C for short periods (e.g. -16°C for 24hrs). In British waters an upper sustained thermal tolerance limit of 29°C has been reported (Holt et al., 1998).
This review can be cited as follows:
Tyler-Walters, H. 2001. Mytilus edulis beds with hydroids and ascidians on tide-swept moderately exposed circalittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 28/03/2015]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatpreferences.php?habitatid=208&code=2004>