Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Nest mussel
Musculista senhausii
Family Mytilidae

These small mussles build communal 'nests' made of byssal threads, dead shells and sediment.

Although often preyed upon by waders, they are a hardy species and have even established themselves in New Zealand and California, probably via larvae transported in ballast water of ocean-going vessels.

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close-up of empty shells
Left (top) and right valves
of a Musculista senhausii.
Its anterior is towards the right.
Shell length 2 cm

group of mussels in a nest
Byssus nest of
Musculista senhausii.
Each narrow slit in the mud
houses an individual
What is mangrove?

The Ecosystem


Indirect uses
Potential uses

About Mangroves
in Singapore

Mangroves to visit
From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre