Brachidontes variabilis (Krauss, 1848)
variable mussel
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Family:  Mytilidae (sea mussels)
Max. size:  max. reported age: 3 years
Environment:  benthic; brackish; marine
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific.
Biology:  Found intertidal on mangrove trees and oyster-covered rocks (Ref. 75831). Attached via strong byssal threads to upper eulittoral rock; may occur in large beds on rock in sheltered habitats exposed to wave action (Ref. 102838). 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: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (119314)
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Entered by: Huang, Bonnie - 26.08.08
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 23.10.15

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