Dispersion and Ecological Impact of the Invasive Freshwater Bivalve Limnoperna fortunei in the Río de la Plata Watershed and Beyond

@article{Boltovskoy2005DispersionAE,
  title={Dispersion and Ecological Impact of the Invasive Freshwater Bivalve Limnoperna fortunei in the R{\'i}o de la Plata Watershed and Beyond},
  author={Demetrio Boltovskoy and Nancy Correa and Daniel H. Cataldo and Francisco Sylvester},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
  year={2005},
  volume={8},
  pages={947-963}
}
Limnoperna fortunei is a freshwater bivalve that invaded South America through Río de la Plata estuary in 1989 and has since become a major macrofouling pest. Along the Paraná-Paraguay waterway, which hosts intense boat traffic, L. fortunei has moved upstream at an average rate of of 250 km per year. In contrast, along the Uruguay river, where boat traffic is restricted to the lowermost 200 km section, upstream colonization is almost 10-times slower. This suggests that attachment to vessels is… CONTINUE READING
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