New Zealand green-lipped mussel

Scientific name

Perna canaliculus

Image of New Zealand green-lipped mussel. The scientific name, Perna canaliculus.

Key features

Key features of New Zealand green-lipped mussel include:

  • smooth, dark brown to bright green shell
  • thin reddish brown colour rays on shell
  • evenly spaced grooves on shell
  • shell thin at edges and thickens towards narrow end
  • straight and long hinge line
  • forms dense colonies
  • shell up to 24cm long.


The New Zealand green-lipped mussel:

  • shores and shallow waters
  • often attaches to hard surfaces like buoys, piers, rocks, marinas and port infrastructure etc.


The New Zealand green-lipped mussel:

  • fast-growing, displaces native species
  • could have significant impact on mussel industry

Known established populations

The New Zealand green-lipped mussel is currently not present in Victoria.

Report a marine pest sighting

Report any unusual marine species immediately using our online reporting system. Early reporting increases the chance of effective control and eradication. Please take good quality photos of the pests or damage to include in your report where possible.

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

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Page last updated: 17 Jan 2024