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Modiolus americanus   (Leach, 1815)

tulip mussel

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Modiolus americanus   AquaMaps   Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification
Bivalvia | Mytiloida | Mytilidae
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Main reference
Carpenter, K.E. (ed.). 2002. (Ref. 271)
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Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 11.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 271)

Environment
Benthic; depth range 1 - 11 m (Ref. 104365)

Climate / Range
Tropical

Distribution
Western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific.
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Short description
Shell mussel-shaped, trigonal, thin. Sculpture of fine growth lines. Umbones swollen, not terminal (away from pointed end of shell). Hinge teeth absent. Periostracum heavy, sometimes hair-like. Colour: externally light brown with blush of rose, purple or orange (concentrated on umbones) and purple streaks, but with a white oblique streak in the middle of shell, internally pearly whitish, tinged with rose or purple (Ref. 271).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

It is attached to hard substrates intertidally or at shallow subtidal depths, mostly in coral reef areas (Ref. 271). Members of the class Bivalvia are mostly gonochoric, some are protandric hermaphrodites. Life cycle: Embryos develop into free-swimming trocophore larvae, succeeded by the bivalve veliger, resembling a miniature clam (Ref. 833).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)

   

CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans




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Mass conversion

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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Price category (Ref. 80766)
High