Articles | Volume 19, issue 2
Research article
20 Jan 2022
Research article |  | 20 Jan 2022

Investigating controls of shell growth features in a foundation bivalve species: seasonal trends and decadal changes in the California mussel

Veronica Padilla Vriesman, Sandra J. Carlson, and Tessa M. Hill

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The shell of the California mussel contains alternating dark and light calcium carbonate increments that record whether the shell was growing normally under optimal conditions (light) or slowly under sub-optimal conditions (dark). However, the timing and specific environmental controls of growth band formation have not been tested. We investigated these controls and found links between stable seawater temperatures and light bands and highly variable or extreme temperatures and dark bands.
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