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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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Observations on the rate of production and mechanical properties of byssus threads of Mytilus edulis L.
Anti-predator behavior in the green-lipped mussel Perna viridis: byssus thread production depends on the mussel's position in clump.
During the initial light-dark cycle experiments, most Pteria penguin juveniles retained their old byssus (>80%) and, during observation, new byssus threads were secreted.
Unlike barnacles, which cement themselves tightly to the surfaces of rocks, piers or ships, the clamlike bivalves called mussels dangle more loosely from these surfaces, attached by a collection of fine filaments known as byssus threads.
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).