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The MYTILIDAE are a family of small to large saltwater mussels , marine bivalve mollusks in the order Mytiloida . One of the genera, Limnoperna are inhabits in brackish or freshwater environments. The order has only this one family which contains some 52 genera.

Species in the family Mytilidae
Mytilidae
are found worldwide, but they are more abundant in colder seas, where they often form uninterrupted beds on rocky shores in the intertidal zone and the shallow subtidal. The subfamily Bathymodiolinae is found in deep-sea habitats.

Mytilids include the well-known edible sea mussels.

A common feature of the shells of mussels is an asymmetrical shell which has a thick, adherent periostracum . The animals attach themselves to a solid substrate using a byssus .

GENERA

A bed of the edible California
California
mussel, Mytilus californianus
Mytilus californianus
. Mussels and attached barnacles on the Cornish coast near Newquay . Mytilus (Falcimytilus) jurensis from the Middle Jurassic ( Callovian
Callovian
) Matmor Formation
Matmor Formation
of southern Israel
Israel
.

Genera within the family Mytilidae
Mytilidae
include:

* Adipicola Dautzenberg, 1927 * Adula H. Adams & A. Adams , 1857 * Amygdalum Megerle von Muhlfeld, 1811 * Arcuatula Jousseaume in Lamy, 1919 (incl. Musculista ) * Arenifodiens Wilson, 2006 * Arvella Bartsch, 1960 * Aulacomya Mörch , 1853 * Bathymodiolus Kenk & Wilson, 1985 * Benthomodiolus Dell, 1987 * Botula Mörch, 1853 * Brachidontes Swainson , 1840 * Choromytilus Soot-Ryen, 1952 * Crenella T. Brown, 1827 * Crenomytilus Soot-Ryen, 1955 * Dacrydium Torell, 1859 * Exosiperna Iredale, 1929 * Fungiacava T. F. Goreau, N. I. Goreau, Neumann & Yonge, 1968 * Geukensia Van de Poel, 1959 * Gibbomodiola Sacco, 1898 * Gigantidas Cosel & Marshall, 2003 * Gregariella Monterosato , 1884 * Idas Jeffreys, 1876 * Idasola Iredale , 1939 * Ischadium Jukes-Browne , 1905 * Jolya Bourguignat, 1877 * Limnoperna Rochebrune , 1882 * Lioberus Dall , 1898 * Lithophaga
Lithophaga
Röding , 1798 * Megacrenella Habe includes most edible mussel species * Perna Philipsson, 1788 - incl. New Zealand green-lipped mussel * Perumytilus Olsson, 1961 * Rhomboidella Monterosato , 1884 * Semimytilus Soot-Ryen, 1955 * Septifer Recluz, 1848 * Sinomytilus Thiele, 1934 * Solamen Iredale , 1924 * Stavelia Gray, 1858 * Tamu Gustafson, Turner, Lutz & Vrijenhoek, 1998 * Trichomya Ihering, 1900 * Urumella Hayami & Kase, 1993 * Vilasina Bartsch, 1960 * Vulcanidas Cosel ">

* ^ A B Bouchet, P. (2014). Mytilidae
Mytilidae
Rafinesque, 1815 World Register of Marine Species

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