Little Black Mussel

Xenostrobus pulex (Lamarck, 1819)

Small mussel with relatively elongate, convex shell. Hinged margin straight; opposite margin curved. Shell smooth apart from concentric growth-rings; often heavily eroded. Shiny and black or occasionally brown when young, but older shells are usually blue-black and patchily eroded, often encrusted with coralline algae

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What habitats does Xenostrobus pulex live in?

Attached to intertidal rocks

What is the distribution of Xenostrobus pulex?

Southern Australia including around Tasmania

How big does Xenostrobus pulex grow?

Can grow to around 25mm long

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