New Zealand Hairy Mussel

Modiolus areolatus (Gould, 1850)

Shell moderately large to large, transversely ovate, capacious, narrowly rounded at the anterior end, and broadly winged posteriorly. Creamy-white, stained reddish-purple over the dorso-posterior area, and covered by a thick reddish-chestnut periostracum, that develops stiff hair-like tufts, towards growing margin of shell

How to identify Modiolus areolatus?

What habitats does Modiolus areolatus live in?

Lives subtidally and offshore amongst rocks and seaweed, especially in moderately sheltered environments; often embedded in sponges

What is the distribution of Modiolus areolatus?

Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and common species

How big does Modiolus areolatus grow?

Typical shell-length 90 mm

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