How Climate Change affects Baltic mussels

Mytilus mussels are keystone species in the Baltic Sea: they build reefs which provide more complex habitats for various species (macrofauna, macroalgae and meiofauna), filter water (linking the pelagic and benthic systems) and are a staple food source for numerous organisms (eider ducks, flounder, crabs, starfish and the larval stages feed herring larvae and other carnivorous zooplankton). They can also be extremely numerous – forming up to 90% of the animal biomass in some shallow waters.

2021-04-25T11:18:04-05:00April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Species News|Tags: , , , , |
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