Image Steve Trewhella - The bearded mussel Modiolus barbatus. Image width ca 3 cm.
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Modiolus barbatus is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Mollusca||Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid|
|Class||Bivalvia||Clams, cockles, mussels, oysters, and scallops|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Mainly recorded on the south and west coasts of Britain and Ireland but also found at sites east of the Shetland Islands, in the North Sea, on the north-east coast of England, the east coast of Ireland and in the Irish Sea.|
|Habitat information||This species is found among rocks and stones on the lower shore, extending into the sublittoral to depths of around 100 m.|
|Description||Modiolus barbatus can grow up to 6 cm long, although individuals are usually smaller. The shell is an elongate oval shape with the hinge line at a steep angle to the prominent, rounded umbones. The beaks are not quite at the anterior end of the shell. The outer surface of the shell is yellowish-white, light yellow or reddish-brown in colour. Over the posterior half of the shell the periostracum bears long, flat bristles, each with a distinctly serrated edge. The inner surface of the shell is shiny and pale blue in colour.|
|Additional information||Modiolus barbatus is also known as the bearded horse mussel.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Caroline Farrell 2006. Modiolus barbatus. Bearded mussel. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3816>