Dreissena polymorpha in Ireland

Species name:Dreissena polymorpha
Common names:
Habitats:Lakes, Watercourses
Time of introduction:1994
Year of first report:1994
Type of introduction:Intentional & unintentional
Distribution details:Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Aral Sea
Donor area:United Kingdom
Impact:Herbivory, Abiotic changes, Socio-economic
Comments:This species was one of eight identified as "posing most threat to the attainment of the environmental quality objectives of the WFD within Ecoregion 17 and Atlantic Ocean" IE118
Last updated08-02-2011 (day-month-year)
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  • McCarthy, T.K., Fitzgearld, J. & O' Connor, W. (1997). The occurance of the Zebra Mussel Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas 1771), an introduced biofouling freshwater bivalve in Ireland. Irish Naturalists' Journal. Vol. 25.
  • Minchin, D. & Moriarty, C. (1998). Distribution of the Zebra Mussel Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas) in Ireland, 1997. Irish Naturalists' Journal. Vol. 26, No. 1/2.
  • Minchin, D., Maguire, C & Rosell, R. (2003) The Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha Pallas) invades Ireland: Human mediated vectors and the potential for rapid intranational dispersal. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Vol. 103B, No.1.
  • National Biodiversity Data Centre. National Invasive Species Database. Available online: http://invasivespecies.biodiversityireland.ie [Accessed: 2009]
  • NOBANIS – Invasive Alien Species Fact Sheets. From: Online Database of the North European and Baltic Network on Invasive Alien Species – NOBANIS www.nobanis.org.
  • Pollux, B., Minchin, D., Van Der Velde, G., Van Alen, T., YeO Moon-Van Der Staay, S. & Hackstein, J. (2003) Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in Ireland, AFLP-fingerprinting and boat traffic both indicate an origin from Britain. Freshwater Biology 48(6):1127-1139.
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