Ecology and Evolution of the Freshwater Mussels Unionoida

Ecology and Evolution of the Freshwater Mussels Unionoida

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All those who think that bivalves are boring are in the best company. Karl von Frisch is reported to have turned the pages more quickly in texts where bivalves were treated because, according to him, they literally lack any behaviour. The fact that they can filtrate huge amounts of water, burrow into the sedi ment, actively swim, drill holes into rocks and boats or detect shadows with the aid of pretty blue eyes located on the rim of their mantle obviously left v. Frisch unimpressed. Why, then, a book on the large freshwater mussels (Naiads or Unionoida), which on first sight are much less spectacular than the marine ones? The main reason is that they are keepers of secrets which they reveal only on close and careful inspection. This is not only true for the pearls some species produce and which over centuries have contributed to the treasures of bishops and kings, but particularly for their ecology: their life cycles are linked with those of fishes, some can occur in incredible densities and some can live for more than 100 years. Thus, the presence or absence of naiads in a lake or stream has manifold implications.Loss estimates of marked freshwater pearl mussels from October 1994 till October 1995. ... Therefore it is not possible to calculate loss rates from 1996 to 1997. ... Hardly any predator is reported for hyriids in Australia and New Zealand, whereas in America the muskrat is a natural ... No. marked in 1994 76 76 152 No. lost in 1995 4 3 7 Loss rate 5.3% 3.9% 4.6% TL Total weight Shell weight Meat weightanbsp;...

Title:Ecology and Evolution of the Freshwater Mussels Unionoida
Author:G. Bauer, K. Wächtler
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2001-01-01


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