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Veined Rapa Whelk

Veined Rapa WhelkScientific name: Rapana venosa (Valenciennes, 1846)

Synonyms: Rapana thomasiana (Crosse, 1861), Rapana pontica (Nordsieck, 1969)

Common names
: Veined rapa whelk, Asian rapa whelk

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Native To: Western Pacific Ocean (Mann et al. 2004)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in 1998 (Mann et al. 2004)

Means of Introduction: Probably in ballast water (Mann et al. 2004)

Impact: Preys on bivalves, such as clams, oysters, and mussels (Mann et al. 2004)

Current U.S. Distribution: Chesapeake Bay

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Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

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

Rapana venosa - Rhode Island Marine & Estuarine Invasive Species Site
DOC. NOAA. National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. Coastal Training Program.
Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution

Marine Invasive Species: Rapana venosa (PDF | 63 KB)
DOI. NPS. Natural Resource Program Center.
Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Rapana venosa - National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System, Chesapeake Bay Introduced Species Database
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

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University/Academic

Rapa Whelk Research
College of William & Mary. Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Molluscan Ecology Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Distribution; Research; Special Notes: Links to other web pages

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International

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

Rapana venosa - Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe (Jan 2008; PDF | 150 KB)
European Commission. Sixth Framework Programme.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Rapana venosa
European Network on Invasive Alien Species.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution

Rapana venosa (mollusc) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

"Exotic Whelk Found in Bay May Pose Threat to Shellfish, Oyster Fisheries." Karl Blankenship [Vol. 9(2), Apr 1999]
Bay Journal.
Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Dispersion

Veined Rapa Whelk
Chesapeake Bay Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat

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

Rapana venosa - Guide to Marine Invaders in the Gulf of Maine (PDF | 450 KB)
Salem Sound Coastwatch. Marine Introduced Species Monitoring Resource Center.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution

"Food for Thought: Fisheries Don't Welcome This Whelk" [Vol. 156 (15), Oct 9, 1999]
Science News Online.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls; Research; Special Note: Contacts in Virginia, Connecticut, and California

The Veined Rapa Whelk
TheChesapeakeBay.com.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Citations

Mann, R., A. Occhipinti, and J.M. Harding. 2004. Alien Species Alert: Rapana venosa (veined whelk) (PDF | 941 KB) ICES Cooperative Research Report No. 264. 14 pp.

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Last Modified: Jul 01, 2014
 
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