Larval and post-larval vertical distribution of the mussel Mytilus edulis in the white sea

S. V. Dobretsov, G. Miron

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The vertical distribution of veligers, pediveligers and post-larvae of the mussel Mytilus edulis L. was examined in Kandalakshsky Gulf (White Sea), Russia. Plankton samples showed that about 65% of all planktonic larvae were collected from a depth of 1.5 to 3 m. Maximum numbers of veligers were found at 3 m, immediately above the thermocline. The vertical distribution of veligers was stable throughout the study. The vertical distribution of pediveligers, however, varied over time. Pediveligers were mostly observed at 3 m before settlement peaked while they migrated closer to the water surface (1.5 m) during the settlement period. Pediveliger concentrations were correlated positively with small phytoplanktonic cell (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-187
Number of pages9
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Publication statusPublished - Aug 20 2001



  • Habitat selection
  • Larvae
  • Mussel
  • Mytilus edulis
  • Settlement
  • Vertical distribution
  • White Sea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology

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