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Biology/Natural History: Although the valves are smooth, these mussels bore mechanically in shale or soft rock with the valves. Occasionally they can be found on the surface of a rock or attached to other mussels. The bivalve Petricola carditoides may nestle in old holes made by this species. In oregon, females produce eggs from June to October. Larvae are planktonic for about 3 days.


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Source: Invertebrates of the Salish Sea

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