Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

 Modiolus barbatus can grow up to 6 cm long, although individuals are usually smaller. The shell is an elongate oval shape with the hinge line at a steep angle to the prominent, rounded umbones. The beaks are not quite at the anterior end of the shell. The outer surface of the shell is yellowish-white, light yellow or reddish-brown in colour. Over the posterior half of the shell the periostracum bears long, flat bristles, each with a distinctly serrated edge. The inner surface of the shell is shiny and pale blue in colour.Modiolus barbatus is also known as the bearded horse mussel.
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Distribution

A single, living specimen (from Ostend) is reported by Kerckhof (1980).
  • Backeljau, T. (1986). Lijst van de recente mariene mollusken van België [List of the recent marine molluscs of Belgium]. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussels, Belgium. 106 pp.
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 97 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 44 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 97
  Temperature range (°C): 9.958 - 17.140
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.211 - 7.362
  Salinity (PPS): 34.219 - 38.506
  Oxygen (ml/l): 5.480 - 6.665
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.031 - 0.626
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.247 - 14.336

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 0 - 97

Temperature range (°C): 9.958 - 17.140

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.211 - 7.362

Salinity (PPS): 34.219 - 38.506

Oxygen (ml/l): 5.480 - 6.665

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.031 - 0.626

Silicate (umol/l): 1.247 - 14.336
 
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 This species is found among rocks and stones on the lower shore, extending into the sublittoral to depths of around 100 m.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Modiolus barbatus

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Modiolus barbatus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
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