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The ecology of Lough Ine: VIII. Mussels and their predators
Kitching, J.A.; Sloane, J.F.; Ebling, F.J. (1959). The ecology of Lough Ine: VIII. Mussels and their predators. J. Anim. Ecol. 28(2): 331-341
In: Journal of Animal Ecology. Blackwell Science/British Ecological Society: Oxford. ISSN 0021-8790 , more
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Keywords
    Mytilus edulis Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Mytilus galloprovincialis Lamarck, 1819 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Kitching, J.A.
  • Sloane, J.F.
  • Ebling, F.J.

Abstract
    Mussels are found in two quite different kinds of habitat between tide marks: open coast, and very sheltered places such as harbours and estuaries. Here the open sea Mytilus are all rather small, whereas those in shelter at the north end of the lough and in the Goleen include many large ones. Mytilus is present both in the straight (M. edulis) and hooked (M. galloprovincialis) forms (Hepper 1957) and both are present in both types of habitat. We have also seen i>Mytilus in a third kind of habitat at Lough Ine, sublittorally in strong current on the Sill. It is possible that the discontinuous distribution of Mytilus in the Lough Ine area is due to predation. On this hypothesis the predators would be affected adversely by wave action, by strong current, and also by some condition (possibly low salinity) operating in those parts of the lough least affected by tidal exchange. Mytilus would also benefit by situations where it was less accessible, such as deep crevices and vertical rock faces.

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