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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.
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zebra mussel

n
(Animals) Canadian a small striped variety of mussel
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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]
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Ammonia and other contaminants are life-threatening to juveniles, and competition from invasive species like the zebra mussel has further reduced native populations.
The Zebra mussel [Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771)] and Quagga mussel [Dreissena rostriformis bugensis Andrusov, 1897] are well-known invasive species.
The cost for treating intake pipes, water filtration equipment, and power plants' operating costs for zebra mussel damages is estimated at $3.1B spent over 10 years.
The zebra mussel is a nonindigenous species which arrived in the US on ocean-going vessels that originated in Europe.
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., 2014).
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.
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.
One example that affects Wales in particular is the zebra mussel. It has been found in Cardiff Bay and Monks Pool in Johnstown, Wrexham, and was probably brought to Wales on a visiting boat.
Studies have pointed out the fact that zebra mussel can change cyanobacteria density and promote the occurrence of cyanobacteria blooms (Lavrentyev et al., 1995; Vanderploeg et al., 2001; Nicholls et al., 2002).
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).