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Traits: Invertebrate animal (mollusk) with two-valved shells hinged on one side, a small head, and a compressed body; they attach themselves to a surface with "byssal threads."

Habitat: Rocks or wharf pilings in salt water

Foods: Filter detritus, algae, protozoans, small crustaceans, insect larvae from the water

Eaten by: Snails, sea stars, certain fish, diving ducks, emperor geese, shorebirds, sea otters, humans

Do You Know? Mussels are edible.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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