Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771)

Zebra Mussel

CLASSIFICATION

Main Group: Animal

Sublevel 1: Non-chordate Invertebrate

Sublevel 2: Invertebrate with bilateral symmetry

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Phylum: Mollusca

Class: Bivalvia

Order: Veneroida

Family: Dreissenidae

Genus: Dreissena

Species: Dreissena polymorpha

STATUS IN NEW ENGLAND

Origin: Introduced

Invasive, Pest, or Pathogen?: Yes

Listing:
MA Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan (2002): Aquatic species
Guide to Selected Invasive Non-native Aquatic Species in MA
NEANS' Aquatic Nuisance Species in the Northeast
USGS NAS - Nonindigenous Aquatic Species
Pest Tracker

Rarity Designations: None

BIOLOGY/ECOLOGY

Feeding Type: Heterotroph

HABITAT

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