zebra mussel


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zebra mussel

n.
A small freshwater mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) usually having a striped shell, native to the Black and Caspian Seas but now widespread in European and North American lakes and rivers.

zebra mussel

n
(Animals) Canadian a small striped variety of mussel

ze′bra mus`sel


n.
a small striped freshwater mussel from NE Europe, Dreissena polymorpha: introduced to the Great Lakes in the 1980s and deleteriously affecting water pipes, other fauna, etc.
[1880–85]

ze·bra mussel

(zē′brə)
A small freshwater mussel, usually having a striped shell, that is native to Europe and Asia but is now widely established in the Great Lakes and other North American waterways. Zebra mussels often clog water-supply pipes and reduce levels of plankton on which other water-dwelling life depend.
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Noun1.zebra mussel - inch long mollusk imported accidentally from Europe; clogs utility inlet pipes and feeds on edible freshwater mussels
freshwater clam, freshwater mussel - bivalve mollusk abundant in rivers of central United States
Dreissena, genus Dreissena - zebra mussels
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The cost for treating intake pipes, water filtration equipment, and power plants' operating costs for zebra mussel damages is estimated at $3.
Invasion of North/American waters by two species of dreissenid mussels (order Veneroida), the zebra mussel, {Dreissenapolymorpha) and the quagga mussel, (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis), arguably ranks among the most detrimental of these threats (Ricciardi et al.
Another aquatic invasive species that is difficult to eradicate is the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha).
The highly invasive zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) was introduced to North America in 1987 in Lake St.
The effectiveness of three sodium chloride-based salts (high-grade sodium chloride, iodized table salt, and water softener salt) was examined for their use as an adult zebra mussel decontamination solution.
The zebra mussel breeds rapidly and can block water treatment pipes, filters and turbines.
Environment Agency officials warned that the Zebra mussel species found in Lough MacNean, near the Cavan border with Co Fermanagh, poses a threat to boats and water treatment plants.
Adam Henson, left, and Ellie Harrison find out about the fight against the zebra mussel in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, which is putting the marine environment at risk.
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It has been predicted that the zebra mussel will eventually colonize the majority of permanent, inland freshwaters of the United States and southern Canada (Strayer, 1991; McMahon, 1992; Claudi and McMahon, 1993).