Horse mussel


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(Zool.) a large, marine mussel (Modiola modiolus), found on the northern shores of Europe and America.

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The first course on the taster menu is a horse mussel (that's a type of mussel, by the way, not a horse's muscle) juice appetiser served in a giant shell.
Seasonal temperature compensation in the horse mussel, Modiolus modiolus', metabolic enzymes, oxidative stress and heat shock proteins.
SEAGRASS meadows, the so-called "prairies of the sea", which along with kelp forests and horse mussel beds are vital for the existence of sh such as cod, are seriously under threat.
Beneath the waves, dolphins, porpoises, whales, sharks and seals share the same waters as fragile and slow-growing maerl beds, cold-water corals and horse mussel reefs.
In Caithness, the country's largest Horse Mussel bed was found in waters near Noss Head.
THE discovery of a horse mussel bed could further restrict scallop fishing off the Llyen peninsula.
Horse mussel populations grow fastest on sand with bioherms, closely followed by those growing on gravel/scallop bed; the slowest growing are found on gravel/cobble and mottled gravel geological provinces.
Marine habitats in decline include horse mussel, maerl and seagrass beds.
Horse mussel beds create a habitat for around 100 other species, but they are being destroyed by scallop dredging.
Strangford Lough enjoys the highest European protection status and yet the Department of Agriculture and EHS between them have allowed the decimation of fantastically important horse mussel habitats through over-fishing.
And the study by Swansea University puts specific focus on trying to understand the value of seagrass meadows, kelp forests and horse mussel beds for supporting juvenile fish - particularly those species of commercial importance.
Reports also exist for bivalves of minor commercial interest, including the bearded horse mussel Linnaeus 1758 (Virvilis et al.