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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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ABSTRACT Resource managers lack an effective chemical tool to control the invasive zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha.
Some aquatic species capable of causing significant problems, such as the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) and zebra mussel (Dreissenapolymorpha), are already established in Ontario, significantly threatening the Great Lakes ecosystem.
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The zebra mussel breeds rapidly and can block water treatment pipes, filters and turbines.
The state has a zebra mussel watch programme in place.
Like many freshwater mussels, the northern riffleshell is sensitive to silt, agricultural run-off, other forms of water pollution, stream channelization, the conversion of free-flowing stream habitat to impoundments, and competition from the non-native zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha).
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The zebra mussel traveled from the Mediterranean to the Great Lakes in 1988.
Despite the appearance of two species of exotic bivalves since the 1978 study, only the invasive zebra mussel is likely to have had an impact.
Since 1990, the round goby has been following the path of the invasive zebra mussel, spreading throughout the Great Lakes basin and into the interior of North America.
Harmful non-native species, such as the comb jelly in the Black Sea and the zebra mussel in the U.
Consider these examples: The sea lamprey preys on lake salmon; the zebra mussel has to be scraped off hulls and out of water intake pipes; and because of the resulting viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) virus, fish that would have filled the nets of trawlers are washing up dead on Lake Huron beaches.