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Golden Mussel

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Golden mussel
Scientific Name:

Limnoperna fortunei (Dunker, 1857) (CABI)

Common Name:
Golden mussel
Golden mussel - Photo by Gustavo A. Darrigran; Professor of National University of La Plata, Argentina
Native To:

China and Southeastern Asia

Date of U.S. Introduction:

Not introduced

Means of Introduction:

Has invaded South America through ballast water, and could be introduced to North America through ballast water (Global Invasive Species Database 2005)


Threatens native biodiversity, suffocate and starve out native bivalves and produce macrofouling in water systems (Global Invasive Species Database 2005)

Current U.S. Distribution:
Not currently established

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Golden Mussel.

Council or Task Force

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


DOCNOAA. Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory; DOIUSGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

State and Local Government


University of Wisconsin Sea Grant.


Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Michigan).


  • CABI. Invasive Species Compendium. Limnoperna fortunei. CAB International. [Accessed Mar 5, 2015].

  • Global Invasive Species Database. 2005. Limnoperna fortunei (mollusc). Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.