|First record of the brackish water dreissenid bivalve Mytilopsis leucophaeata in the northern Baltic Sea|
|Laine, A.O.; Mattila, J.; Lehikoinen, A. (2006). First record of the brackish water dreissenid bivalve Mytilopsis leucophaeata in the northern Baltic Sea. Aquat. Invasions 1(1): 38-41|
|In: Aquatic Invasions. European Research Network on Aquatic and Invasive Species: St. Petersburg. ISSN 1818-5487, more|
Introduced species; Mytilopsis leucophaeata (Conrad, 1831) [WoRMS]; ANE, Baltic, Finland Gulf [gazetteer]; Marine; Brackish water
Conrad’s false mussel, Mytilopsis leucophaeataM. leucophaeata were discovered in an area affected by cooling water discharges from a nuclear power plant. The introduction of the species has obviously taken place via ballast water transport, resulting in a successful establishment in a favourable warm water environment. Based on the wide salinity tolerance, M. leucophaeata might also colonize areas inhabited by functionally similar bivalves if able to survive the cold winter conditions.