Heatwave cooks Californian mussles

The Guardian reports that a recent heatwaves caused a mass-mortality event of mussels (Mytilidae) in California.

The detrimental effects of the events are yet unknown, but marine biologists fear the consequence to the ecological system as “Mussels are known as a foundation species”. The equivalent are the trees in a forest – they provide shelter and habitat for a lot of animals, so when you impact that core habitat it ripples throughout the rest of the system,” says Jackie Sones.

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