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Mussel Bed (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 532

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Faunal Bed
Biotic Subclass Soft Sediment Fauna
Biotic Group Mussel Bed
Biotic Community Modiolus Bed
Mytilus Bed


Description
Definition Soft-sediment areas dominated by mussel species that are not attached to a hard substrate. These animals may be resting on the sediment surface, partially embedded in the sediment, or attached to conspecifics (by using their byssal threads), or to a piece of gravel in Slightly Gravelly Fine Sediments. Individuals in the Mussel Bed Group are not present in densities sufficient to construct substrate; in that case, they would be classified as Mussel Reef.