Asian green mussel

Scientific name

Perna viridis

Image of Asian green mussel. The scientific name, Perna viridis. This image was taken by PERSA.

Key features

Key features of Asian green mussel include:

  • juvenile is bright green
  • older shells dark green to brown
  • smooth shell with evenly spaced grooves
  • adults 8-16cm long.


The Asian green mussel:

  • attaches to hard surfaces like vessels, wharves, aquaculture equipment, buoys, intake pipes etc.
  • can be found from high tide mark to 40m
  • generally, is a tropical species but can be transported on vessels.


The Asian green mussel:

  • forms dense colonies and outcompetes native species
  • clogs water intake pipes on vessel engines.

Known established populations

The Asian green mussel is currently not present in Victoria.

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Alternatively, you can call the Agriculture Victoria Customer Service Centre 136 186.

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Page last updated: 17 Jan 2024