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Various marine bivalve molluscs, of the family Mytilidae, especially Mytilus edulis, M. californianus. A 100‐g portion of boiled flesh (330 g with shell) is an exceptionally rich source of iodine; a rich source of protein, iron, copper, and selenium; a good source of calcium, vitamin B2, and niacin; a source of zinc; and contains 200 mg of sodium; supplies 90 kcal (380 kJ).

Greenshell or green lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus), so called because of their emerald green shell markings, are native to New Zealand.

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