Wetlands, 18, 59–69. The body is lemon yellow. 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Habitat: Tidal saltmarsh banks and flats. Their findings varied with season, site, and salinity. in press). Limnology and Oceanography, 6, 400–415. Bertness, M.D. They are typically found in salt marshes where they form dense aggregations with the marsh cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) and each other. Does invasion of oligohaline tidal marshes by reed grass, Phragmites australis (Cav.) Nekton use of vegetated marsh habitats at different stages of tidal inundation. Phragmites australis is often regarded as a salt-marsh grass that is less populated by fauna than S. alterniflora. Buttery, B.R. Ribbed mussels attach by byssal threads to any hard substrate like oyster shells and cordgrass stems and protrude above the surface. & Hartman, J.M. & Fairley, S.M. & Grosholz, E. (1985). & Randall, J. Seasonal appearance:All year. The California mussel attaches to rocks (and other mussels) by fibers called byssal threads. (1979). Offering weight to both sides of the issue, Talley and Levin (2001) reported that invading P. australis stands had more podurid insects, sabellid polychaetes, and peracarid crustaceans but fewer epifaunal gastropods, arachnids, midges, and tubificid and enchytraeid oligochaetes than uninvaded stands. Some­times they at­tach to one an­other in ag­gre­ga­tions or to clumps of hol­low grass stems (Spartina al­terni­flora) in low marshes. There has been much concern about the effects the invasion of the common reed, Phragmites australis, has on salt marshes that have been dominated by the cordgrass Spartina alterniflora. On the bottom side of the shell, around the columella, which is the axis around which the shell coils, the shell is pearly white. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers. (2001), as outlined above. Ribbed Mussels have many predators including blue crabs, mud crabs, and shore birds Their primary defense against predation is their shell Higher survival rates in mussels high in the intertidal zone suggest that marine predators are more important than terrestrial ones. These threads are produced in liquid form by the byssal gland. Estuaries, 26, 511–521. Castagna, M. & Chanley, P. (1973). Weinstein, M.P., Phillip, K.R. Wainright, Weinstein, Able, and Currin (2000) reported that P. australis may contribute to the food chain in marsh systems. & Randall, J. Ecological Monographs, 49, 151–171. & Gill, J.W. Journal of Ecology, 53, 163–181. The ribbed mussel has been demonstrated to tolerate high levels of urban pollution and inhabits intertidal regions of the New York City estuary. [1] However, the common name ribbed mussel is also used for the Southern Hemisphere mussel Aulacomya atra. The New Jersey Sea Grant College Program funded the follow-up work (R/D-2003-3). Master's thesis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Ribbed mussels are a shellfish species native to Long Island Sound and New York City, with historically large populations providing important services such as reducing nutrients and stabilizing shorelines. Restoration Ecology, 9, 49–59. It also reported from the San Francisco Bay on the West coast where it was introduced. & Johnson, J.M. Phosphorus budget of a mussel population. Element Stewardship Abstract for Phragmites austrailis. The results show that P. australis provides as good, if not better, habitat for the ribbed mussel as S. alterniflora. The appearance of the shell is grooved and oval in shape. (2003). These shells vary in color and are distinctively smooth to ribbed. The same eight quadrats were not repeatedly sampled; however, the area where they were made, consisting of a sparse population of mussels and including nearly every mussel at the site, was sampled repeatedly. Effects of common reed (Phragmites australis) invasion on marsh surface macrofauna: Response of fishes and decapod crustaceans. [3], The ribbed mussel has been introduced to Texas, Mexico, California, and Venezuela. Bart, D.J. Stiven, A.E. (2000). Wetlands, 19, 194–208. Master's thesis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. The mean number of ribbed mussels, Geukensia demissa, in four replicate "chosen meter" quadrats in two habitats, Phragmites australis and Spartina alterniflora, in the months of March, June, and October 2002 and June 2003. (2001), and Warren et al. [1], Ribbed mussels live in the intertidal zone, attached to hard surfaces or embedded in sediment with the help of their byssal threads. The construction of mosquito ditches, roads, railroads, dikes, and their failure in storms make Saw Mill Creek of the Hackensack Meadowlands a unique ecosystem where both S. alterniflora and P. australis coexist. Key words: common reed; cordgrass; Geukensia; habitat; Phragmites; ribbed mussel; Spartina. The Atlantic ribbed mussel grows 2 to 4 inches in length. Comparison of fish and macroinvertebrate use of Typha angustifolia, Phragmites australis, and treated Phragmites marshes along the lower Connecticut River. Erosion simulation models demonstrated that suitable marsh habitat for ribbed mussels along the York River Estuary would be reduced by 11.8% after 50 years. These actions, and possibly others, may be altering habitat for salt-marsh plants and animals. & Goodwin, P. (2000). Ribbed mussels are found in great numbers along the edges of marshes, rocks and shell beds along much of the East Coast, including within Jamaica Bay. Impact of the spread of Phragmites on the distribution of birds in Connecticut tidal marshes. Blue mussels prefer areas of high salinity, while ribbed mussels are more prevalent in marshes where the salinity has been diluted by fresh water. Each quadrat measured one square meter; the number of G. demissa in one square meter of marsh was sampled by counting the number of mussels found within each quadrat. (2001). Oikos, 89, 59–69. Bertness, M.D. Geukensia demissa, the ribbed mussel, is a key salt marsh species that interacts strongly with the dominant marsh vegetation, Spartina alterniflora. Fell, P.E., Warren, R.S., Light, J.K., Rawson Jr., R.L. & Wagner, S.L. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 200, 77-91. Error bars represent the standard deviation. Description: The thin, ... On the Coast: In Georgia, ribbed mussels are often found in the saltmarsh attached to the stem of smooth cordgrass by their byssal threads. Wainright, S.C., Weinstein, M.P., Able, K.W. Benthic communities of common reed Phragmites australis and marsh cordgrass Spartina alterniflora marshes in Chesapeake Bay. They are commonly found half submerged in mud, and thrive in brackish water with muddy flats nearby. Talley, T.S. [9], "Tidal Height and Gametogenesis: Reproductive Variation Among Populations of Geukensia Demissa", "Reproductive cycle of Geukensia demissa (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) on a beach at Nazaret, El Moján, Zulia State, Venezuela", http://www.sms.si.edu/irlspec/Geukensia_demissa.htm, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Geukensia_demissa&oldid=994088279, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 14 December 2020, at 01:40. If recruitment of G. demissa to P. australis and S. alterniflora is different, future studies will determine whether this difference is due to habitat selection by larval G. demissa or to hydrodynamic factors. The nitrogen budget of the ribbed mussel, Geukensia demissa, and its significance in nitrogen flow in a New England salt marsh. Biological Invasions, 3, 51-68. When the foot pulls back, exposing the liquid to seawater, the liquid solidifies into a thread. [5], They reproduce once per year in Connecticut[5] and South Carolina,[6] however in an introduced population in Venezuela two spawning peaks have been observed. (1999). Geukensia demissa was significantly more numerous near P. australis than near S. alterniflora in March 2002 and tended to be somewhat more numerous near P. australis on the other three sampling dates, suggesting that P. australis may provide as good, if not better, habitat for G. demissa as S. alterniflora (Figure 1). Restoration principles emerging from one of the world's largest tidal marsh restoration projects. Weinstein, M.P., Teal, J.M., Balletto, J.H. In this study, habitat usage was evaluated using a semisessile species, G. demissa. & Warren, R.S. Mussels are an excellent species to use in habitat studies because they generally don't move very far from the habitat where they settle, and when they do, their rate of movement is slow. Ribbed mussels were significantly more numerous near P. australis than near S. alterniflora in March 2002 and tended to be somewhat more numerous near P. australis on the other three sampling dates, suggesting that P. australis provides as good, if not better, habitat for G. demissa as S. alterniflora. [7], Mussels >20 mm are typically reproductive, however it is not uncommon for mussels up to 35 mm to have no signs of gametogenesis. They help to clean said area of bacteria, parasites, and heavy metals. The presence of both P. australis and S. alterniflora in Saw Mill Creek may be the result of the failure of dikes during storms, as this would have allowed the tide to come in again and the saltwater species S. alterniflora to recolonize. Catastrophes, near-catastrophes, and the bounds of expectation: Success criteria for macroscale marsh restoration. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 222, 59–79. (2001) reported that fish foraging on invertebrates and the abundance of invertebrates was not affected by the expansion of P. australis. They can also close their shells to avoid short term exposure to toxins or other unfavorable environmental conditions. Marks, M., Lapin, B. It is possible that variations in the spatial dynamics of the population of each species from one site to the next are responsible for the variable results on the effects of P. australis and S. alterniflora as habitat for animals. Habitat: Rocks, piles ... Ribbed mussels can be distinguished from blue mussels by the texture of their shell. Keller, B. Weinstein and D.A. The west side of the tidal tributary is dominated by P. australis, and the east side is dominated by native S. alterniflora. The ribbed mussels will be used on and along Shooting Island, a 150-acre tidal wetland located in the back bay of Ocean City, New Jersey. Invasions in wetland plants in temperate North America. & Ascher, P.D. Estuaries, 26, 484–494. Able, K.W. (1998), Able and Hagen (2000), Meyer et al. Windham, L. (1995). Rozas and Odum (1987); Kneib (1994); Kneib and Wagner (1994); Able and Hagan (2000, 2003); Raichel, Able, and Hartman (2003); and Able, Hagan, and Brown (2003) reported that larval and juvenile fish usage of the marsh surface was affected. It is important to harvest ribbed mussels at high tide, not low. (1961a). million L/hr. Environmental determinants of Phragmites australis expansion in a New Jersey salt marsh: An experimental approach. (2001). Wetlands Ecology and Management, 9, 387–407. Structure and energy flow of a mussel population in a Georgia salt marsh. Habitat: M. demissus are abundant in marshes, where they live in groups that line marsh plant roots. The means were considered to be significantly different when p < 0.05. (2003). Size:Up to 4 inches long. Two anonymous reviewers; Niall Dunne, the associate editor of Urban Habitats; and Gerry Moore, the science editor of Urban Habitats, greatly improved the manuscript with their comments and suggestions and recommended its publication. Research on ribbed mussel habitat restoration to be presented at next meeting of the Center for the Inland Bays Science Committee. The extent of mortality and recruitment at each site is currently being studied by marking individual mussels. & Hagan, S.M. If their migratory patterns are not known or accounted for when sampling, this can have a profound effect on the study results. The mean number of G. demissa in four replicates of the chosen meters around P. australis and four replicates of the chosen meters around S. alterniflora was calculated. (1997). Phragmites australis (P. communis): Threats, management, and monitoring. They are named and distinguished from other mussel shells by the ribs that line the surfaces. The most basic one is the difference between the species and sites studied. (1987). Trin ex Stued., affect the availability of prey resources for the mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus L.? Posey, M.H., Alphin, T.D., Meyer, D.L. 2005). Zebra mussels will attach to native mussels much like they do docks, and in large enough numbers can prevent the natives from moving, feeding, reproducing, or regulating water properly. The ribbed mussel is a common filter feeder within South Carolina intertidal habitats including marshes, on pilings, or within oyster reefs (Coen et al. Understanding the abundance and distribution of ribbed mussels as well as gut microbiome may be critical to the long-term success of restored marshes and the ecosystem services they provide. Geukensia granosissima and Geukensia demissa hybridize in southern Florida. Natural Areas Journal, 14, 285–294. ), Concepts and Controversies in Tidal Marsh Ecology (pp. Spatial pattern, spatial scale, and feeding in fishes. Posted on July 12, 2018 by Communications Specialist. Ribbed mussels are tough and hardy species and mussel beds are still common in many intertidal habitats along the Jersey Shore. Able, K.W., Hagan, S.M. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. This "chosen meter" method included nearly every mussel that was present at the site. The zebra mussels also outcompete the natives for food and space, and because of their fast reproduction can quickly overwhelm a water system. & Stevenson, J.C. (2000). Use of tidal freshwater marshes by fishes and macrofaunal crustaceans along a marsh stream-order gradient. S. alterniflora. Jordan, T.E. Other reasons for the inconsistency include the presence of shallow pools around S. alterniflora and the lack of them around P. australis, possible differences in food availability, and differences in stem density and/or canopy thickness (Fell, Warren, Light, Rawson & Fairley, 2003). 777–804). The ribbed mussel is a common filter feeder within South Carolina intertidal habitats including marshes, on pilings or within oyster reefs (Coen et al. grows. Their failure has also allowed tidal flushing of P. australis stands, and this, along with salinity changes, may be responsible for the rarely seen presence of G. demissa near P. australis. Comparison of nekton use of Phragmites australis and Spartina alterniflora marshes in the Chesapeake Bay, USA. This species is native to the Atlantic coast of North America. The project will enhance water quality through natural filtration process of the mussel, as well as help stabilize the planned regeneration of critical wetland habitat at … Aquatic Botany, 64, 261–274. These findings, from a habitat perspective, are consistent with those of Fell et al. Distinctive Features: Tegula funebralis (Chlorostoma in some references) is a heavy snail with a black shell, and both the head and foot are also black. Vegetation type and the intertidal macroinvertebrate fauna of a brackish marsh: Phragmites vs. Spartina. Headlee, T. (1945). (2000). & Hagan, S.M. Intertidal and/or subtidal habitat generated by living molluscan shellfish and/or dead associated shell in continuous or discrete beds, including, but not limited to, bivalve habitats, such as oyster reefs and mussel beds, forming three- dimensionally complex structure in an otherwise two-dimensional environment (e.g., within soft sediment, rocky shores, or rubble). The liquid runs down a groove formed by the foot. Impact of common reed, Phragmites australis, on essential fish habitat: Influence on reproduction, embryological development, and larval abundance of mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus). The lar­vae of ribbed mus­sels set­tle on sub­ti­dal oys­ter reefs, in in­ter­tidal salt marshes and on man-made struc­tures in these habi­tats. [4], Ribbed mussels are dioecious and sexes can only be determined histologically. Geukensia granosissima and Geukensia demissa hybridize in southern Florida. (1984). Success criteria and adaptive management for a large-scale wetland restoration project. (1998) and Warren et al. The eastern oyster’s habitat range is very large extending from Canada all the way to Mexico. Rice, D., Rooth, J. (2000). Animals such as waterfowl and fish are more difficult to use when evaluating habitats because they migrate. (1997). Though the associations between S. alterniflora and G. demissa are known, information about possible associations between P. australis and G. demissa is lacking. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press. & Fertik, R.A. (2001). Future studies will investigate such areas and determine whether G. demissa is also present in other parts of the Meadowlands that are dominated by P. australis. (1994). Aquatic Botany, 66, 195–208. Wetlands, 20, 280–299. Dikes, roads (e.g., the New Jersey Turnpike), and railroads surround Saw Mill Creek, and it is possible that such construction may have aided the expansion of P. australis at the study site. Limnology and Oceanography, 6, 191–204. (1998). Concern about habitat alteration has often led to the physical removal of P. australis and the planting of S. alterniflora in its place (Marks et al., 1994; Weinstein, Balletto, Teal & Ludwig, 1997; Weinstein, Phillip & Goodwin, 2000; Weinstein, Teal, Balletto & Strait, 2001). Bart, D.J. The Mosquitoes of New Jersey and Their Control. & Levin, L.A. (2001). [8], The ribbed mussel is primarily a filter feeder for the Rhode Island bay area. It is well known that the ribbed mussel, Geukensia demissa, utilizes S. alterniflora as habitat (Kuenzler, 1961a,b; Castagna & Chanley, 1973; Stiven & Kuenzler, 1979; Jordan & Valiela, 1982; Bertness, 1984; Bertness & Grosholz, 1985). The ribbed mussel Geukensia demissa is a mytilid bivalve that inhabits salt marshes along the eastern coast of North America, from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Florida, forming dense aggregations in the marsh substrate (Bertness 1984, Bertness & Grosholz 1985). Neither are they consistent with Posey, Alphin, Meyer & Johnson (2003), who reported a slightly higher abundance of fauna in S. alterniflora marshes than in P. australis marshes. Others have found that fish species composition was also not affected by common reed invasion (Able and Hagen, 2000; Meyer, Johnson & Gill, 2001). Dikes, tidal restrictions (Roman et al., 1984), drainage or mosquito ditches (Bart, 1997; Bart & Hartman, 2000), and construction creating higher ground such as roads (Bart, 1997; Keller, 2000; Ailstock, Norman & Bushmann, 2001) have been found to be associated with invasions of P. australis. (2001). (1984). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 261, 51–61. Because of the sparse population of G. demissa on either side of the tidal tributary, possibly due to low salinity, quadrats were not located along a transect line. Competition between Glyceria maxima and Phragmites communis in the region of Surlington Broad: I. This reduction in mussel habitat resulted in a projected 15% reduction in ribbed mussel abundance and filtration capacity. Mussel losses were greatest along the mainstem of the Chesapeake Bay, with modest gains in … Population dynamics of the ribbed mussel, Geukensia demissa: The costs and benefits of an aggregated distribution, Oecologia, 67, 192–204. Effects of Phragmites australis invasion on aboveground biomass and soil properties in brackish tidal marsh of the Mullica River, New Jersey. 1999, 2004; Coen and Luckenbach 2000; Luckenbach et al. As a restoration solution, this has been costly and sometimes less than successful (Melvin-Stefani & Webb-James, 1998). Kuenzler, E.J. The shell's interior is iridescent blue to silvery white. Ecology, 65(6), 1794–1807. Modification of sediments and macrofauna by an invasive marsh plant. Melvin-Stefani, L. & Webb-James, W. (1998). Habitat: Atlantic coast of North America, from the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada to northeastern Florida and along the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Yucatan. Prior to this construction, it is possible that the study site was dominated by S. alterniflora. (1965). Eastern Oyster and the Atlantic Ribbed Mussel (Crassostreavirginica,Geukensiademissa) Habitat: Low tidal marshes and mudflats in brackish or salt water. Benoit and Askins (1999) found that the biodiversity of flowering plants and birds was reduced in P. australis–dominated marshes. Habitat. Windham, L. & Lathrop Jr., R.G. Raichel, D.L., Able, K.W. Wetlands, 21, 75–92. & Lambert, J.M. In the Gulf of Mexico this species is replaced by the southern ribbed mussel, Geukensia granosissima. In areas where the cordgrass Spartina alterniflora and the invasive common reed, Phragmites australis, coexist, P. australis is often regarded as the salt-marsh grass less populated by fauna. In M.P. Colonization and expansion of Phragmites australis in upper Chesapeake Bay tidal marshes. The interior of this mussel is tinted purple, The ribbed shells of this species usually attain a length of 10 cm length, and can be as large as 13 cm. Estuaries, 10, 36–43. Ribbed mussels have adapted to constantly changing situations within an estuary. It was predicted that restored marshes would have greater habitat value for ribbed mussels as the marshes age and . At low tide, the mussels tightly close their shells which traps in waste products that can be toxic to humans. Marks, M., Lapin, B. (2003). ), Theory and Application in Fish Feeding Ecology (pp. Ribbed mussels and Spartina alterniflora production in a New England salt marsh. The study was conducted in the Hackensack Meadowlands of New Jersey, west of the Hackensack River, in a tidal tributary of Saw Mill Creek, itself a tributary of the Hackensack River (40°46'N, 74°06'W). Benoit, L.K. The ribbed mussel occurs in the coastal waters of salt marsh habitats from the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence in eastern Canada south along the western Atlantic coast to Florida. Mechanisms of marsh habitat alteration due to Phragmites: Response of young-of-the-year mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) to treatment for Phragmites removal. Weinstein, M.P., Balletto, J.H., Teal, J.M. Differences in the avian communities of natural and created Spartina alterniflora saltmarshes. & Valiela, I. Wetlands, 19, 733–755. The common names for this species include ribbed mussel, Atlantic ribbed marsh mussel and ribbed horsemussel. Angradi, Hagan, and Able (2001) found that the density of benthic macroinvertebrates was lower in P. australis than in S. alterniflora in August and October. Effects of Phragmites australis (common reed) invasion on aboveground biomass and soil properties in brackish tidal marsh of the Mullica River, New Jersey. & Kuenzler, E.J. Kneib, K.T. when the tide goes out, it survives by passing air over its moist gills to breathe. Galatowitsch, S.M., Anderson, N.O. The ribbed mussel can be found along the Atlantic coast from the Gulf of Maine to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico (Franz 2001). [2], The ribbed mussel occurs in the coastal waters of salt marsh habitats from the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence in eastern Canada south along the western Atlantic coast to Florida. Remnants of these dikes can still be seen at the mouth of Saw Mill Creek where it drains into the Hackensack River. Relative importance of benthic microalgae, phytoplankton, and the detritus of smooth cordgrass (Spartina) and the common reed (Phragmites) to brackish marsh food webs. To determine this, I calculated the mean number of G. demissa in four replicate quadrats near P. australis and four replicate quadrats near S. alterniflora in Saw Mill Creek of the Hackensack Meadowlands, New Jersey, in March, June, and October 2002 and June 2003. Malacologia, 12, 47–96. Expansion of Phragmites australis into tidal wetlands of North America. Kreeger (Eds. It is likely that after March 2002, there was more predation and/or other mortality of G. demissa near P. australis; and between June and October 2002, there may have been more recruitment of G. demissa near S. alterniflora. The sizes of the mussels around P. australis and S. alterniflora were not measured. Since Saw Mill Creek is a unique ecosystem due to human intervention, the results of this study should not be assumed to be true in areas where S. alterniflora and P. australis coexist and similar human influence is absent. Brett A. Bragin, Edward Konsevick, Jeffery Misuik, Joseph Sarnoski, and Craig Woolcott of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute provided staff support in the field. Marks, Lapin, and Randall (1993) found that several rare and endangered plant populations were threatened by P. australis invasion. The mussels' filter-feeding activities may also oxygenate the sediments and provide them with nitrogenous wastes and minerals (Jordan & Valiela, 1982), contributing in turn to an increase in the above- and below-ground biomass of S. alterniflora (Bertness, 1984). Ribbed Mussel (Geukensia demissa) Color:Yellowish-brown to brownish-black on the top of the shell, with glossy underside. The competition mechanism. There could be several reasons for the inconsistency. Salt marsh vegetation change in response to tidal restriction. Fell, P.E., Weissbauch, S.P., Jones, S.P., Fallon, D.A., Zeppieri, J.A., Fason, J.A., Lennon, E.K., Newburry, K.A., & Reddington, L.K. (1999). Ailstock, M., Norman, C., & Bushmann, P. (2001). It may also increase sedimentation (Buttery & Lambert, 1965) and build up the marsh plain (Windham, 1995). They are found at the surface after heavy rains, but remain buried in cold weather. & Strait, K.A. Feeding: Ribbed Mussels are filter feeders […] & Hartman, J.M. The purpose of this study was to determine if one marsh grass is more densely populated by G. demissa when S. alterniflora and P. australis coexist. (1982). The influence of Phragmites (common reed) on the distribution, abundance, and potential prey of a marsh resident fish in the Hackensack Meadowlands, New Jersey. In the Gulf of Mexico this species is replaced by the southern ribbed mussel, Geukensia granosissima. The location of each quadrat was determined by the presence of at least one mussel, and so was not random. & Brown, S.A. (2003). “Ribbed mussels live in estuarine habitats and can filter bacteria, microalgae, nutrients and contaminants from the water,” said Julie Rose, a research ecologist at the Milford Laboratory, part of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and co-author of the study. Although it is known that the ribbed mussel, Geukensia demissa, utilizes S. alterniflora as habitat, it was not known whether S. alterniflora is a preferred habitat for the mussel when both the cordgrass and P. australis occupy an area. URBAN HABITATS, VOLUME 2, NUMBER 1 Ł ISSN 1541-7115 http://www.urbanhabitats.org Spartina alterniflora and Phragmites australis as Habitat for the Ribbed Mussel, Geukensia demissa, in Saw Mill Creek of New Jersey™s Hackensack Meadowlands - 86 - habitat usage was evaluated using a semisessile species, G. demissa. Information about possible associations between S. alterniflora populations ribbed mussel habitat patchy mussels attach by byssal.. 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