Growth and longevity of Mytilus edulis (L.) from northeast Europe

A. A. Sukhotin, P. P. Strelkov, N. V. Maximovich, H. Hummel

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The growth of mussels, Mytilus edulis (L.), was studied in most of the northeastern part of their distribution. The growth, longevity and maximal size of molluscs from 24 wild populations and one cultured population located in the White Sea and the southeast part of the Barents Sea were compared. The 25 studied populations were combined in six clusters. The maximal longevity and the size of the mussels varied between 7 and 18 years and 25.5 and 77.7 mm, respectively. The geographical location of the population within the studied region did not affect either maximal longevity or maximal size, or the growth rate of mussels. However, these parameters were influenced by local habitat conditions, primarily connected with the position within intertidal and subtidal zones. Animals inhabiting the intertidal zone were characterized by relatively low growth performance, a short life span and a small size. The longest life span was typical for deep subtidal mussels, whereas the highest growth rate was recorded in the cultured population and in the upper subtidal habitats. Growth patterns of Mytilus edulis in the subarctic White and the Arctic southeast Barents seas are similar to those reported from other parts of the area of distribution. Therefore, growth was mostly determined by local environmental factors, including those related to vertical zonation, rather than by latitude/longitude and related temperature effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-167
Number of pages13
JournalMarine Biology Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 4 Jun 2007

Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


  • Barents Sea
  • Effect of habitat
  • Growth
  • Interpopulational and intrapopulational variation
  • Longevity
  • Maximal size
  • Mytilus edulis
  • White Sea


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