publication . Article . 2001

CRAYFISH PREDATION EXPERIMENTS ON THE INTRODUCED ZEBRA MUSSEL, DREISSENA POLYMORPHA, IN IRELAND, AND THEIR POTENTIAL FOR BIOCONTROL.

Julian Reynolds; R. Donohoe;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2001 Journal: Bulletin Français de la Pêche et de la Pisciculture (issn: 0767-2861, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: EDP Sciences
Abstract
The zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha, native to the Aralo-Caspian region, has spread across Europe in the last 180 years. Although it reached England in 1820, it only arrived in Ireland in around 1995, probably attached to the hull of pleasure boats, and since then has spread through the lowland Shannon and Erne systems, which are linked by canal. While White-clawed crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes (Lereboullet) occur in these systems, Dreissena has not yet colonized sites with large crayfish populations. In laboratory experiments crayfish of both sexes ranging in size from 32-48 mm carapace length (CL) were offered zebra mussels in 7 size classes spanning a ...
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free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, Aquatic Science, crayfish predation, biocontrol, Zebra mussel, biology.organism_classification, biology, Dreissena, Predation, Fishery, Mussel, Invasive species, Austropotamobius pallipes, Austropotamobius, Crayfish, lcsh:Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling, lcsh:SH1-691
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