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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report
Animalia (kingdom) » Mollusca (phylum) » Bivalvia (class) » Mytiloida (order) » Mytilidae (family)
|CAAB Code:||23 220001|
Mytilus galloprovincialis Lamarck, 1819
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|Taxon Notes:||Recent genetic work has shown that the Mytilus mussels in this region most likely originate from an invasion of M. galloprovincialis from the northern Atlantic during the Pleistocene and then became isolated. However, there is also evidence of very recent invasions from northern Europe, probably associated with shipping, and recent genetic work has shown extensive interbreeding between the native Mytilus and these recent arrivals.|
|Scientific Name Notes:||This species has been known under several names in this region, including Mytilus edulis and M. planulatus. While the Australian/New Zealand population has some genetic differences from European M. galloprovincialis, recent genetic work has shown that they are not sufficiently distinct to be considered separate species or even subspecies.|
|Record source:||Lamprell, K. Healy, J., 1998, Bivalves of Australia. Volume 2. Backhuys, Leiden|
|Scientific Name |
|Ab Rahim, E.S., Nguyen, T.T.T., Ingram, B., Riginos, C., Weston, K.J., Sherman, C.D.H., 2016. Species composition and hybridisation of mussel species (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) in Australia., Marine and Freshwater Research, Vol. 67: 1955-1963. . dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15307 doi:10.1071/MF15307|