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Conservation Status of Freshwater Mussels of the United States and Canada
The American Fisheries Society herein provides a list of all native freshwater mussels (families Margaritiferidae and Unionidae) in the United States and Canada and a comprehensive review of the conservation status of all taxa.
Impending extinctions of North American freshwater mussels (Unionoida) following the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) invasion
A comparison of species loss at various sites before and after invasion indicates that D. polymorpha has accelerated regional extinction rates of North American freshwater mussels by 10-fold, and if this trend persists, the regional extinction rate for Mississippi basin species will be 12% per decade.
Effects of Sedimentation and Turbidity on Lotic Food Webs: A Concise Review for Natural Resource Managers
Sedimentation and turbidity are significant contributors to declines in populations of North American aquatic organisms. Impacts to lotic fauna may be expressed through pervasive alterations in local
Acute toxicity of copper, ammonia, and chlorine to glochidia and juveniles of freshwater mussels (unionidae)
The results indicate that the early life stages of mussels generally were more sensitive to copper and ammonia than other organisms and that, including mussel toxicity data in a revision to the WQC, would lower the W QC for copper or ammonia.
Feeding and Burrowing Behaviors of Juvenile Rainbow Mussels, Villosa iris (Bivalvia:Unionidae)
This study characterized the relationship between juvenile rainbow mussels (Villosa iris) and the sediment they inhabit and found pedal-locomotory and pedal-sweep feeding behaviors are used to facilitate movement of particles into the pedal gape.
Influence of Sediment and Algal Food on Cultured Juvenile Freshwater Mussels
Investigation of the influence of river sediment and the suitability of algae as food for juvenile rainbow mussels on various combinations of green algae, a commercial suspension of bacteria, and fine sediment found sediment may serve as a substratum for pedal-feeding juveniles to collect food particles.