Bivalvia | Mytiloida
Rosenberg, G. 2009. (Ref. 83435)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 5.0 cm DL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83435); 4.87 cm SHL (female)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 6°C - 30°C (Ref. 104793); 29°N - 41°S, 116°W - 46°W (Ref. 83435)
Eastern Pacific. Introduced in the southeast USA.
Female max length from Ref. 104793. Typically found in lagoons (Ref. 101609) and mudflats (Ref. 104224). Tightly attached to a variety of naturally submerged and intertidal substrates such as oyster shells, water intake pipes, wood pilings, driftwood (Ref. 101609), floating docks, and boat hulls (Ref. 104224). Suspension feeder (Ref. 101609). In general, suspension feeding bivalves mainly depend on phytoplankton and detritus material for nutrition (Ref. 107088). Life cycle: Embryos develop into free-swimming trocophore larvae, succeeded by the bivalve veliger, resembling a miniature clam (Ref. 833). Sex reversal was observed under certain food conditions (Ref. 104793).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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