Quagga and Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impacts, and Control, Second Edition

Thomas F. Nalepa, Don W. Schloesser

October 25, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 815 Pages - 364 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439854365 - CAT# K12519

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  • Covers a variety of topics on the invasive mussel issue, including mussel biology, distribution, life history traits, ecological impacts, and control techniques
  • Gives broad overviews of a number of topics such as environmental tolerances, nutrient cycling, physical influences, and ecosystem changes
  • Provides historic perspective on legislative initiatives
  • Details geographic spread of zebra and quagga mussels in North America
  • Presents information from non-North American authors that gives additional perspective to the mussel problem—some based on decades of research
  • Includes a companion CD-ROM with videos that document distributions of zebra and quagga mussels, show behavior and movements, and detail an example of an eradication effort
  • Features an insert with color images that complements chapter text


The introduction and rapid spread of two Eurasian mussel species, Dreissena polymorpha (zebra mussel) and Dreissena rostriformis bugensis (quagga mussel), in waters of North America has caused great concern among industrial and recreational water users. These invasive species can create substantial problems for raw water users such as water treatment facilities and power plants, and they can have other negative impacts by altering aquatic environments. In the 20 years since the first edition of this book was published, zebra mussels have continued to spread, and quagga mussels have become the greater threat in the Great Lakes, in deep regions of large lakes, and in the southwestern Unites States. Quagga mussels have also expanded greatly in eastern and western Europe since the first book edition was published.

Quagga and Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impacts, and Control, Second Edition provides a broad view of the zebra/quagga mussel issue, offering a historic perspective and up-to-date information on mussel research. Comprising 48 chapters, this second edition includes reviews of mussel morphology, physiology, and behavior. It details mussel distribution and spread in Europe and across North America, and examines policy and regulatory responses, management strategies, and mitigation efforts.

In addition, this book provides extensive coverage of the impact of invasive mussel species on freshwater ecosystems, including effects on water clarity, phytoplankton, water quality, food web changes, and consequences to other aquatic fauna. It also reviews and offers new insights on how zebra and quagga mussels respond and adapt to varying environmental conditions. This new edition includes seven video clips that complement chapter text and, through visual documentation, provide a greater understanding of mussel behavior and distribution.