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Mussel Reef (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 504

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Reef Biota
Biotic Subclass Mollusk Reef Biota
Biotic Group Mussel Reef
Biotic Community Modiolus Reef
Mytilus Reef

Definition Areas dominated by the ridge- or mound-like structures formed by the colonization and growth of mussels that are attached to a substrate of live and dead conspecifics. Mussels use byssal threads and a powerful glue to tether their shells to a substrate, and their reefs also provide valuable habitat and filtration.