Ecology of Modiolus modiolus
Main Ref. Turgeon, D.D., J.F. Quinn Jr., A.E. Bogan, E.V. Coan, F.G. Hochberg, W.G. Lyons, P.M. Mikkelsen, R.J. Neves, C.F.E. Roper, G. Rosenberg, B. Roth, A. Scheltema, F.G. Thompson, M. Vecchione and J.D. Willams, 1998
Remarks Suspension feeder (Refs. 3477, 118257). Also found on fine and medium grain sized sand mixed with gravel and shell debris (Ref. 118257). Aggregates into mussel "mats" by binding gravel and rocks (Ref. 95344).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Modiolus modiolus may be found.


Substrate Benthic; Soft Bottom: sand ( fine, ); mud; Hard Bottom: rocky; rubble;
Substrate Ref. Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1998
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Ref. Harbo, R.M., 1997
Associations colony-forming/symphorism;
Associated with
Association remarks In aggregations or mussel "mats" (Ref. 95344).


Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type Ref. Holt, T.J., E.I. Rees, S.J. Hawkins and R. Seed, 1998
Feeding habit filtering plankton
Feeding habit Ref. Harvey-Clark, C., 1997

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Harvey-Clark, Chris on 11.21.06
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 07.04.18
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