Biodiversity & Conservation

Mytilus edulis beds on variable salinity infralittoral mixed sediment

SS.IMX.EstMx.MytV


<i>%Mytilus edulis%</i> beds on variable salinity infralittoral mixed sediment
Distribution map

SS.IMX.EstMx.MytV recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Found in a few scattered locations around the coast of Britain in sheltered bays and estuaries and recorded in Lough Foyle in Ireland.

Habitat preferences

Temperature range preferences - See additional information

Water clarity preferences - No preference

Limiting Nutrients - Not relevant

Other preferences -

Additional information

Mytilus edulis is found in circumpolar and temperate 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:

2001. Mytilus edulis beds on variable salinity infralittoral mixed sediment. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 15/09/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatpreferences.php?habitatid=36&code=1997>