New records of the invasive bivalve Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) (Bivalvia: Dreissenidae) in the Carpathian Mountains, Poland

Kamila S. Zając, e-mail: kamila.zajac12@gmail.com

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 9, 30-387 Cracow, Poland

Maciej Bonk, e-mail: bonk.maciej@gmail.com

Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences, al. Adama Mickiewicza 33, 31-120 Cracow, Poland
Abstract

The zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) is a widely distributed invasive species in Europe. However, in Poland it is unevenly distributed and considered rare in Southern Poland. To date, only one record of the species has been known from the Polish Carpathians.  In this study we report new records of zebra mussels from the area of the Żywiecka Basin. In the localities studied empty shells as well as live individuals in variable size and developmental stage were detected, which indicate that in these locations zebra mussel populations are stable.

Key words
Dreissenidae; Carpathians; new sites; zebra mussel
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Folia Malacologica (2019) 27: 231-234
First published on-line: 2019-09-14 00:00:00
https://doi.org/10.12657/folmal.027.023
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