E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Mytilus trossulus Gould, 1850
Pacific Blue Mussel
Family: Mytilidae
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© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #49389)

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Distribution of Mytilus trossulus in British Columbia
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Mytilus edulis, M. galloprovincialis and M. trossulus are present in BC and all three hybridize freely, making morphological identification difficult. M. edulis, M. galloprovincialis and their hybrids are more abundant in the south (particularly the Strait of Georgia and Barkley Sound) while M. trossulus is found throughout BC and is likely alone in more northern waters (Gillepsie, pers. com. 2011).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
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Synonyms and Alternate Names

Mytilus pedroanus Conrad, 1855
Mytilus septentrionalis Clessin, 1887

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-07-17 4:05:56 PM]
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