Temporal range: Jurassic–Recent
|Mytilus edulis in the intertidal zone in Cornwall, England|
Mytilus is a common genus of medium to large-sized marine mussels. They are bivalve molluscs of the family Mytilidae. Mussels are edible, and are used in various stews and soups. In life, they are attached to the substrate (rocks etc) by byssus threads.
Species[change | change source]
Species within the genus Mytilus include:
- the Mytilus edulis complex:
- Mytilus californianus Conrad, 1837 – California mussel
- Mytilus coruscus Gould, 1861
Human use[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Mytilus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
- McDonald J.H; Seed R. and Koehn R.K. 1991. Allozymes and morphometric characters of three species of Mytilus in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres[permanent dead link]. Marine Biology 111: 323-333.