Mytilus edulis (Blue mussel):  

Predictions & Data for this entry

Model:  abj  

MRE = 0.398
SMSE = 0.406

Zero-variate data
ab0.2 0.3388 (0.6941)dage at birthNewe1989
tp365 296.6 (0.1874)dtime since birth at pubertyNewe1989
am8760 8817 (0.00646)dlife spanRodhRode1984
Lb0.009 0.007702 (0.1442)cmshell height at birthNewe1989
Lp1.2 1.02 (0.1503)cmshell height at pubertyVeerCard2006
Li 15 12.22 (0.1852)cmultimate shell heightVeerCard2006
Wwb2.69e-08 3.102e-08 (0.153)gwet weight at birthguess
Wwp0.0638 0.07196 (0.1279)gwet weight at pubertyguess
Wwi124.6 123.9 (0.005368)gultimate wet weightguess
Ri5650 6192 (0.09593)#/dmaximum reprod rateHonkMeer1998
GSI0.2 0.0007953 (0.996)-gonado somatic indexCardDekk2007
Uni-variate data
DatasetFigure(RE)Independent variableDependent variableReference
SJXp_WiddFiet1979 see Fig. 1 (0.4548)Tot Part Matterpseudofaeces prodWiddFiet1979
SJXp_PrinSmaa1991 see Fig. 1 (2.157)Tot Part Matterpseudofaeces prodPrinSmaa1991
SJX_KiorMohl1980 see Fig. 2 (2.991)Tot Part Matteringestion rateKiorMohl1980
SJX_PrinSmaa1991 see Fig. 3 (0.2949)Tot Part Matteringestion ratePrinSmaa1991
SJP_PrinSmaa1991 see Fig. 4 (0.6376)Tot Part Matterfaeces prod ratePrinSmaa1991
LJO see Fig. 5 (0.8968)shell heightO2 consumptionKrug1960
JXJO_25 see Fig. 6 (0.8919)ingestion rateO2 consumptionBaynHawk1987
JXJO_45 see Fig. 6 (0.1098)ingestion rateO2 consumption BaynHawk1987, BaynHawk1989
tL_0 see Fig. 7 (0.07363)time since birthshell heightRodhRode1984
tL_13 see Fig. 7 (0.07961)time since birthshell heightRodhRode1984
tL_33 see Fig. 7 (0.05365)time since birthshell heightRodhRode1984
LW see Fig. 8 (0.6596)shell heightwet weight Borc1985, PietKluy1979
tdL see Fig. 9 (0.7066)shell heightgrowthStroCary1984
Pseudo-data at Tref
DataGeneralised animalMytilus edulisUnitDescription
v 0.02 0.05221cm/denergy conductance
kap 0.8 0.9968-allocation fraction to soma
kap_R 0.95 0.95-reproduction efficiency
p_M 18 2.246J/^3vol-spec som maint
k_J 0.002 9.565e-051/dmaturity maint rate coefficient
kap_G 0.8 0.8019-growth efficiency
k 0.3 0.1-maintenance ratio


  • This entry is discussed in SaraMeer2011, SaraMeer2011a, SaraMeer2012, Sara2014 (ref: SaraMeer2011, SaraMeer2011a, SaraMeer2012, Sara2014)


  • The JX data of KiorMohl1980 is a factor 100 too high, for unknown reasons; the clearance rate times particle conc is not near the ingestion rate
  • In view of low somatic maintenance, pseudodata k_J = 0.002 1/d is replaced by pseudodata k = 0.3
  • Reproduction rate is inconsistent with GSI and GSI is given weight zero


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Bibtex files with references for this entry

Sofia Saraiva, 2010/11/11 (last modified by Bas Kooijman 2017/11/11)

accepted: 2017/11/11

refer to this entry as: AmP Mytilus edulis version 2017/11/11