Ribbed Mussels

Ribbed mussels play a critical role in salt marshes. They filter out extra nutrients and pollutants. Their bissal threads, act like anchors to help keep the marsh from eroding.

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In winter the mussels can withstand freezing.

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Ribbed Mussels encased in ice
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Ribbed mussels can also end up in strange places..

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A ribbed mussel attached to a horseshoe crab leg

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Snails recycle nutrients in the marsh.

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Periwinkles on smooth cord grass

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Mud dog whelks thrive in a muddy marsh