Invasive bivalves in fresh waters: Impacts from individuals to ecosystems and possible control strategies

  • Sousa R
  • Novais A
  • Costa R
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Abstract

Invasive bivalves may cause great ecolog-ical, evolutionary, and economic impacts in freshwa-ter ecosystems. Species such as Corbicula fluminea, Dreissena bugensis, Dreissena polymorpha, Limno-perna fortunei, and Sinanodonta woodiana are widely distributed hyper-successful invaders, but several others not yet invasive (or at least not considered as such) may become so in the near future. These species can affect hydrology, biogeochemical cycling, and biotic interactions through several mechanisms, with impacts ranging from individuals to ecosystems. Freshwater invasive bivalves can create no-analog ecosystems, posing serious difficulties for manage-ment, but new techniques are becoming available which may enhance options to detect early introduc-tions and mitigate impacts. Although knowledge about the biology of these bivalves has increased consider-ably in the last two decades, several fundamental gaps still persist; we suggest new research directions that are worth exploring in the near future.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Bivalves
  • Corbicula fluminea
  • Dreissena
  • Impacts
  • Invasive species
  • Limnoperna fortunei
  • Sinanodonta woodiana

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Authors

  • Ronaldo Sousa

  • Adriana Novais

  • Raquel Costa

  • David L. Strayer

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