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byssus

the threads which attach certain molluscs to the SUBSTRATE (2) or the stalk in some fungi.
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Byssus thread strength in the mussel, Mytilus edulis L.
Relationships between attached number of byssus thread, frequency of shed byssus, and time were tested using logarithmic regressions.
Byssus threads, they found, are composed of a well-designed combination of soft, stretchy material on one end and much stiffer material on the other.
The beds are formed of live mussels and dead shells, mixed with sand and mussel waste, and are all held together by byssus threads (the hair-like "beards" by which the mussels attach to the seabed).