Long-term increases in shell thickness of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in the Hudson River
Natesan, Sahana; Strayer, David L.
published: Aug 1, 2016
published online: Jun 20, 2016
manuscript accepted: Jun 10, 2016
manuscript received: Jan 20, 2016
ArtNo. ESP141018803005, Price: 29.00 €
Abstract Since zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) appeared in the Hudson River in 1991, their shell thickness (mass at a given shell length) has increased substantially. This may be a result of increases in predation pressure and alkalinity in the river, and probably affects the susceptibility of mussels to crushing predators, as well as the ultimate fate of mussel shells in the ecosystem.