Common Mussel (Mytilus Galloprovincalis)
Latin name: Mytilus galloprovincalis
Common name: Common mussel
Other names: Blue mussel, mediterranean mussel.
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.