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Freshwater Mussel Ecology – A Multifactor Approach to Distribution and Abundance - California Scholarship Online
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Freshwater Mussel Ecology: A Multifactor Approach to Distribution and Abundance

David Strayer


Pearly mussels (Unionoidea) live in lakes, rivers, and streams around the world. These bivalves play important roles in freshwater ecosystems and were once both culturally and economically valuable as sources of food, pearls, and mother-of-pearl. Today, however, hundreds of species of these mussels are extinct or endangered. This book provides a critical synthesis of the factors that control the distribution and abundance of pearly mussels. Using empirical analyses and models, it assesses the effects of dispersal, habitat quality, fish host availability, adequate food, predators, and parasites ... More

Keywords: mussels, pearly mussels, mussel ecology, freshwater ecosystems, ecology, conservation, bivalves, pearls, mother-of-pearl

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520255265
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255265.001.0001


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David Strayer, author

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