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Greenshell mussel

Order Mytiloida
Family Mytilidae

Marine bivalve mollusc. Shell up to 260 mm long, 110 mm wide and 90 mm deep. More elongated and curved than Mytilus edulis. Shell colour of juveniles bright green, wild adults often dark purple to black; farmed adults green to yellow-brown, often with brown stripes radiating from the umbo or brown spots. Inside of shell milky white and slightly iridescent. All specimens possess distinctive green lip along inside margin of shell.

FAO code
Perna canaliculus
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
jan feb apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Neuseeland-Miesmuschel
France Moule verte de Nouvelle Zélande
Italy Mitilo della Nueva Zelanda
Portugal Mexilhão verde da N. Zelandia
United Kingdom Greenshell mussel
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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