Common Mussel (Mytilus Galloprovincalis)

Latin name: Mytilus galloprovincalis
Common name: Common mussel
Other names: Blue mussel, mediterranean mussel.
Family: Mytilidae

Habitat: They are located extensively in shallow waters, especially around surf zones.

Behaviour: These gastropods are able to attach themselves together in large groups by means of a renewable byssus (a stiff secreted thread). They filter up to 50 litres of water/hr.

Size: They can grow up to 5cm long.

Colour: Dark bluish-purple.

Enemies:Their main predators are sea stars and large crabs. They are also commercially farmed in a number of areas.