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Quagga Mussel

Quagga MusselScientific name: Dreissena rostriformis bugensis (Andrusov, 1897); formerly known as Dreissena bugensis (CABI)

Common name: Quagga Mussel

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Selected Resources

Native To: Dneiper River drainage of Ukraine (Richerson 2013)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in 1989 (Richerson 2013)

Means of Introduction: Ballast water (Richerson 2013)

Impacts: Alters food web by filtering water and removing plankton; clogs water-intake pipes (Richerson 2013)

Current U.S. Distribution:



Selected Resources:


Quagga Mussel
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel

Invasive Species Compendium - Dreissena rostriformis bugensis
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Dreissena bugensis (mollusc)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


Quagga Mussel Threat
DOI. FWS. Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database - Dreissena rostriformis bugensis
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County). See also: Dreissena Species FAQs, A Closer Look (Quagga Mussel and Zebra Mussel)


Quagga Mussels
Arizona Game & Fish.

Quagga and Zebra Mussels
California Department of Fish and Game.

Not Wanted: Quagga Mussel (PDF | 112 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Invasive Mussels: Threats and Prevention Efforts in Utah
Utah Wildlife Division of Wildlife Resources.

Zebra and Quagga Mussels
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.

Quagga Mussel
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Environmental Education for Kids!


Quagga (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) and Zebra (Dreissena polymorpha) mussels
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

Quagga Mussels (PDF | 514 KB)
Michigan Sea Grant College Program.

Zebra Mussels in North America: The Invasive and its Implications (PDF | 107 KB) (includes Quagga mussel)
Ohio Sea Grant College Program.

Zebra/Quagga Mussel
Paul Smith's College (New York). Adirondack Watershed Institute.

Fact Sheet: Zebra Mussel and Quagga Mussel (PDF | 267 KB)
Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

Quagga Mussel
Texas State University System. Institute for the Study of Invasive Species.


Zebra/Quagga Mussels
100th Meridian Initiative.

Quagga mussel
Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area.

Quagga Mussels
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Michigan).


CABI. Invasive Species Compendium. Dreissena rostriformis bugensis. CAB International. [Accessed Mar 2, 2015].

Richerson, M. 2013. Dreissena Species FAQs, A Closer Look. USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center.

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Last Modified: Nov 18, 2015
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