Marine Biology

, Volume 142, Issue 6, pp 1119–1123 | Cite as

Effect of a tripeptide on the aggregational behaviour of the blue mussel Mytilus edulis

  • C. G. N. de Vooys


Aggregation of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) is stimulated by environmental chemical stimuli. Experiments carried out in a basin with a one-way current showed that individual mussels were attracted to upstream mussel concentrations and moved actively in their direction. The involvement of a tripeptide in this migration was implicated by experiments demonstrating that individual mussels were effectively attracted and moved actively towards a source of glycine–glycine–arginine at concentrations of 0.56–3.78×10–10 M. A distinct seasonal difference in the extent of movement towards mussel concentrations was found. From the beginning of autumn, movement decreases linearly towards zero movement in winter.


Blue Mussel Peptide Analogue Crassostrea Virginica Movement Index Byssus Thread 
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The author wishes to thank Dr N. Dankers for providing the facilities at ALTERRA and for his interest in the problem, Dr J. van der Meer for statistical advice on the data analysis and also Mr A. Meyboom and Mr A. Sleutel for their helpfulness during the investigation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. G. N. de Vooys
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Alterra-Marine and Coastal Zone ResearchTexelThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea ResearchTexelThe Netherlands

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