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Quagga Mussel

Quagga MusselScientific name: Dreissena bugensis (Andrusov, 1897)

Common name: Quagga Mussel

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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:

Comparison: Dreissena polymorpha (Zebra mussel) vs. Dreissena bugensis (Quagga mussel) - photo 1 and photo 2

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Federal Government

Dreissena bugensis
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Taxonomy

Zebra Mussel Information System (ZMIS)(includes Quagga Mussel)
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center. Environmental Laboratory.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: Extensive references

Genetic Studies of the Zebra Mussel and the Discovery of the Quagga Mussel in North America
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center. Environmental Laboratory.
Identification/Description; Photographis; Introduction History; Distribution

Zebra (Quagga) Mussel Advisory and Zebra Mussel-Free Certification (Mar 2007; PDF | 254 KB)
DOI
. NPS. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Photographs; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Dreissena rostriformis bugensis - Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Special Note: Distribution maps and collection information (State and County)

Dreissena Species FAQs, A Closer Look (Quagga Mussel and Zebra Mussel)
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Dreissena bugensis Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research; Special Note: NAL Catalog Search (resources)

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State Government

Invasive Mussels Found at Central Arizona Project (CAP) Intakes on Lake Havasu
Arizona Game & Fish.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Quagga and Zebra Mussels
California Department of Fish and Game.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Help Halt Spread of Quagga Mussel
San Franscisco Recreation and Park Department.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Not Wanted: Quagga Mussel (PDF | 112 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution

Quagga Mussels
Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Photographs; Impacts; Controls

Invasive Musssels: Threats and Prevention Efforts in Utah
Utah Wildlife Division of Wildlife Resources.
Identification/Description; Photographs; ; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls

Draft Environmental Assessment: Millbrook Quarry Zebra Mussel and Quagga Mussel Eradication (Sep 25, 2005; PDF | 4.1 MB)
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Wildlife Diversity Division.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Quagga Mussel - Literature Review (PDF | 101 KB)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat

Quagga Mussel
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Environmental Education for Kids!
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Special Note: Suitable for schools

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State Government

Quagga (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) and Zebra (Dreissena polymorpha) mussels
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution

Quagga Mussels (PDF | 514 KB)
Michigan Sea Grant College Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Controls

Dreissena spp. - National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse
New York Sea Grant; Cornell University; DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; State University of New York.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Research; Special Note: Includes information products for sale and bibliographies

Zebra Mussels in North America: The Invasive and it's Implications (PDF | 107 KB) (includes Quagga mussel)
Ohio Sea Grant College Program.
Introduction History; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Zebra Mussel and Quagga Mussel (PDF | 267 KB)
Pennsylvania Sea Grant.
Introduction History; Photographs; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

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International

Dreissena rostriformis bugensis - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

The Great Lakes' Other Mussel Menance! (Summer 1995)
University of Guelph (Canada). Research Magazine - Volume X, Number 1.

Dreissena bugensis (mollusc) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Databse
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

Zebra/Quagga Mussels
100th Meridian Initiative.
Special Note: Status of Quagga Mussel Infestion at Lake Mead (Mar 24, 2007; PDF | 949 KB) and Western Quagga Mussels (Mar 25, 2007; PDF | 407 KB)
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Research

Quagga Mussel Alert! (Feb 2007; PDF | 195 KB)
Friends of Lake Powell.
Identification/Description; Impacts; Controls

Quagga mussel
Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Feared Quagga Mussel Turns Up in Western United States (Jan 2007)
Science Magazine 315:453. (USDA access through DigiTop)
Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Quagga Mussel (PDF | 544 KB)
Tahoe Resource Conservation District (California).
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution

Quagga Mussels
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Michigan).
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Habitat

Citations

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

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Last Modified: Jul 01, 2014
 
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