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Mytilus californianus  (California Mussel)

Photo of Mytilus californianus by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2203)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Three-entrance Bay, Sitka Sound Photographer Aaron Baldwin
Habitat Mid to upper intertidal zone
Photo Date Upload Date October 23, 2007
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UTM Northing Photo ID # 2203
Notes These huge (20 cm+) mussels prefer open areas where they are exposed to surf. Large specimens nearly always host a pea crab in their mantle cavity, Fabia subquadrata.


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