Taxon profile


Lateral Mussel
Musculus lateralis (Say, 1822)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Bivalvia - bivalves »  order Mytilida »  family Mytilidae - sea mussels »  genus Musculus


Musculus lateralis - Lateral Mussel

Author: Mikkelsen & Bieler

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Oval, inflated, umbones near (but not at) anterior end, fragile, translucent green, pink, or yellow, occasionally with darker zigzag bands, with radial ribs that are absent from a trigonal area at center of valve, margin denticulate, hinge finely dentate. North Carolina to Florida, Bermuda, Bahamas, West Indies, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Central America, South America (Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil). Length 5 mm (to 12 mm).
Mikkelsen, P.M. & Bieler, R. 2003, Seashells of Southern Florida. Living Marine Mollusks of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Regions: Bivalves.
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Musculus lateralis Say, 1822]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013

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