Bearded mussel (Modiolus barbatus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandMainly 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.
HabitatThis species is found among rocks and stones on the lower shore, extending into the sublittoral to depths of around 100 m.
- Elongate oval or rhomboidal shaped shell.
- Umbones subterminal, above a curved anterior margin.
- Hinge line acute to umbones and without teeth.
- Umbonal ridges very prominent, rounded and almost parallel with the ventral margin.
- Periostracum yellowish-white, yellow or reddish-brown and developed into serrated spines on the posterior part of the shell.
- Inner surface of shell shiny, blueish-white, tinged red or light purple.
Additional informationModiolus barbatus is also known as the bearded horse mussel.
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Last Updated: 26/01/2006