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Mytilus trossulus Gould, 1850
Pacific Blue Mussel
Family: Mytilidae


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Distribution of Mytilus trossulus in British Columbia in British Columbia


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).

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Synonyms and Alternate Names

Mytilus pedroanus Conrad, 1855
Mytilus septentrionalis Clessin, 1887

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