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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. Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC): Helsinki. ISSN 1798-6540, more
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Keywords
    Introduced species; Mytilopsis leucophaeata (Conrad, 1831) [WoRMS]; ANE, Baltic, Finland Gulf [Marine Regions]; Marine; Brackish water

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  • Laine, A.O.
  • Mattila, J., more
  • Lehikoinen, A.

Abstract
    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.

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