Marine Biology

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 143–148

Effect of environmental factors on byssal thread formation

  • W. Van WinkleJr.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00354918

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Van Winkle, W. Marine Biology (1970) 7: 143. doi:10.1007/BF00354918


The effects of various factors on byssal thread formation have been examined in the laboratory using Modiolus demissus and Mytilus edulis. With M. demissus thread formation (threads/mussel/h0 and proportion of mussels forming threads decreased with increasing size; prior exposure to air enhanced subsequent thread formation; mechanical agitation reduced thread formation. In addition, low salinity acclimated mussels adapted more rapidly to 32 ppt than high salinity acclimated mussels did to 16 ppt; threads were not formed in the absence of calcium and/or magnesium; and there was no reduction in thread formation at temperatures as high as 27° to 28°C. M. edulis died and thread formation approached zero at temperatures exceeding 26°C.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Van WinkleJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  2. 2.Biomathematics Program Department of StatisticsNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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