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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: Dnieper River drainage of Ukraine (NAS Database)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in 1989 (NAS Database)

Means of Introduction: Ballast water (NAS Database)

Impact: Alters food web by filtering water and removing plankton; clogs water-intake pipes (NAS Database)

Current U.S. Distribution:



Selected Resources:

Council or Task Force

Species of Concern Fact Sheet: Zebra and Quagga Mussels
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

Fact Sheet: Zebra Mussel | Quagga Mussel (Jan 2014; PDF | 500 KB)
Alberta Invasive Species Council (Canada).
See also: Fact Sheets for more information about individual invasive species, including those listed as "Prohibited Noxious" and "Noxious" under the Alberta Weed Control Act

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


Invasive Mussel Collaborative
DOI. U.S. Geological Survey; Great Lakes Commission; DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Zebra/Quagga Mussels
100th Meridian Initiative.

NEANS Panel Online Guide - Quagga Mussel
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel.

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Zebra Mussel; Quagga Mussel
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

TISI Inventory - Quagga Mussel
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Invasive Species Compendium - Dreissena rostriformis bugensis
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Dreissena bugensis (mollusc)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Invaders Factsheet: Zebra and Quagga Mussel
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

Federal Government

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Quagga Mussel Threat
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database: Fact Sheet - Quagga Mussel
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System (NEMESIS) - Dreissena bugensis
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.

State Government

Aquatic Invasive Species: Quagga Mussels
Arizona Game and Fish Department.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species for risk analyses and related species information

Quagga and Zebra Mussels
California Department of Fish and Game.

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


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 and Quagga Mussel
University of Minnesota. Minnesota Sea Grant.

Zebra Mussels in North America: The Invasion and its Implications (PDF | 107 KB)
Ohio Sea Grant College Program.
Provides information also for Quagga mussel

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

Factsheet: Zebra Mussel and Quagga Mussel
Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species: Resources for additional species information

Invasive Species Fact Sheets - Quagga Mussel
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.


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


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

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Fact Sheet - Quagga Mussel. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Jun 26, 2017].

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