Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Mollusca > Class Bivalvia > Subclass Pteriomorphia > Order Mytiloida > Superfamily Mytiloidea > Family Mytilidae > Genus Musculus

Musculus discors (Linnaeus, 1767)

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

MusculusRöding, 1798accepted genus name
Modiolarca Gray, 1843 synonym
Modiolaria Beck in Robert, 1838 synonym

Species group names

Modiola substriata Gray, 1824 synonym
Modiolaria discors (Linnaeus, 1767) synonym
Modiolaria discors var. angustior Jeffreys, 1864 synonym
Modiolaria discors var. semilaevis Jeffreys, 1864 synonym
Modiolaria laevis Beck in Robert, 1838 synonym
Musculus filatovae Scarlato, 1955 synonym
Mytilus discors Linnaeus, 1767 synonym
Mytilus discrepans Montagu, 1803 synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Bokmål (Norwegian): stripeskjell sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Danish: kølet musculus sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Dutch: gebochelde streepschelp sources: Hayward, P.; Nelson-Smith, A.; Shields, C. (1999). Gids van kust en strand: flora en fauna [Coast and beach guide: flora and fauna]. Tirion: Baarn, Netherlands. ISBN 90-5210-327-5. 352, ill. pp.
 English: discordant mussel; green crenella sources: North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS);PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English-United States: Green Crenella sources: Charles Hussey
 Norwegian: stripeskjell sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Norwegian Bokmål: stripeskjell sources: Systema Naturae ed. 12: 1159
 Norwegian Nynorsk: stripeskjel sources: Systema Naturae ed. 12: 1159
 Nynorsk (Norwegian): stripeskjel sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Swedish: tångmussla


basis of record

Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180-213

additional source

Muller, Y. (2004). Faune et flore du littoral du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Belgique: inventaire. [Coastal fauna and flora of the Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Belgium: inventory]. Commission Régionale de Biologie Région Nord Pas-de-Calais: France. 307 pp.

additional source

Dyntaxa (2013) Swedish Taxonomic Database. Accessed at www.dyntaxa.se [15-01-2013].

additional source

Brunel, P., Bosse, L. & Lamarche, G. (1998). Catalogue of the marine invertebrates of the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 126. 405 p.

additional source

Trott, T.J. 2004. Cobscook Bay inventory: a historical checklist of marine invertebrates spanning 162 years. Northeastern Naturalist (Special Issue 2): 261 - 324.

additional source

Huber M. (2010) Compendium of bivalves. A full-color guide to 3,300 of the world’s marine bivalves. A status on Bivalvia after 250 years of research. Hackenheim: ConchBooks. 901 pp., 1 CD-ROM.

additional source

ITIS database

additional source

Howson, C.M.; Picton, B.E. (Ed.) (1997). The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Ulster Museum Publication, 276. The Ulster Museum: Belfast, UK. ISBN 0-948150-06-8. vi, 508 (+ cd-rom) pp.





External Links

Biodiversity Heritage Library (19 publications)
Marine Life Information Network - UK
USNM Invertebrate Zoology Mollusca Collection
Barcode of Life
GenBank (1 nucleotides; 0 proteins)


Gofas, S. (2014). Musculus discors (Linnaeus, 1767). In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:140472




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EU Habitat Directive:
annex II EU Habitat Directive Annex II: Species of community interest whose conservation requires the designation of special areas of conservation.
annex IV EU Habitat Directive Annex IV: Species of community interest in need of strict protection.
Red List status EN 1996This species is endangered and is considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild according to the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
annex IV, V This species is threatened and/or declining in the Bay of Biscay and the Wider Atlantic according to the OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic.

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