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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 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Mytilus galloprovincialis   Lamarck, 1819

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 23 - Mollusca - non-Gastropod groups Bivalves, Cephalopods, Chitons, etc.

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Family: 23 220 Mytilidae (mussels) - show full list
Common Name (AS5300): Blue Mussel
Common Names List: blue mussel
Australian blue mussel
black mussel
Organism Type: a mussel
Synonyms: Mytilus planulatus Mytilus edulis Mytilus edulis planulatus Mytilus galloprovincialis planulatus Mytilus edulis aoteanus Mytilus aoteanus
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Marine unspecified
Coastal (0-40m)
Parent Codes: 23 220918     Mytilus spp.
Previous Codes
(if any)
00 652001, 652001, 23 220002
Distribution map:
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Occurrence locations [2] shown as red circles - View CSIRO Catch records
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.

Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
ITIS 79456
View at ITIS
MoV 1562
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2016-05-11
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)
Record source: Lamprell, K. Healy, J., 1998, Bivalves of Australia. Volume 2. Backhuys, Leiden
Scientific Name
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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. . doi:10.1071/MF15307
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