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Freshwater Mussel Ecology

A Multifactor Approach to Distribution and Abundance

David L. Strayer



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University of California Press
10 June 2008
Pearly mussels (Unionoidea) live in lakes, rivers, and streams around the world. These bivalves play important roles in freshwater ecosystems and were once both culturally and economically valuable as sources of food, pearls, and mother-of-pearl. Today, however, hundreds of species of these mussels are extinct or endangered. David L. Strayer provides a critical synthesis of the factors that control the distribution and abundance of pearly mussels. Using empirical analyses and models, he assesses the effects of dispersal, habitat quality, availability of fish hosts, adequate food, predators, and parasites. He also addresses conservation issues that apply to other inhabitants of fresh waters around the globe and other pressing issues in contemporary ecology.
By:   David L. Strayer
Imprint:   University of California Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   544g
ISBN:   9780520255265
ISBN 10:   0520255267
Series:   Freshwater Ecology Series
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   10 June 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David L. Strayer is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies and author of Pearly Mussels of New York State, among other books.

Reviews for Freshwater Mussel Ecology: A Multifactor Approach to Distribution and Abundance

Highly recommended. --Choice Illuminating and thought provoking... This timely book will entice still more ecologists to study and help save these fascinating animals. --Conservation Biology A must-read for anyone working or studying the ecology of this diverse and endangered assemblage of mollusks. --Journal of Molluscan Stds/ Malacologist This thorough, authoritative and highly enjoyable read is a must for all freshwater biologists. --Freshwater Biology Thoughtful, and thought-provoking... A valuable read for most ecologists, especially those concerned with the conservation of this threatened species. --Biofeedback

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