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2009-09-14 10:57:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) announced today that it has raised an additional $4 million of funding from Bain Capital Ventures. The announcement follows Oyster's March 2008 raise of $6.4 million and brings the total that Oyster has raised to $10.4 million. Launched in June 2009, Oyster Hotel Reviews maintains hundreds of original reviews, and more than 75,000 undoctored, original photos of the New York hotels, Las Vegas hotels, Miami hotels,...

2009-09-03 11:08:46

U.S. and Canadian scientists say natural resource managers are overlooking steep historical reductions in the numbers of freshwater fish. Kirk Winemiller of Texas A&M University and Paul Humphries, of Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia, argue a result of that neglect of historical records has led to watershed planning often built on estimates of baseline abundances of fish, freshwater mussels, beavers and other aquatic fauna that are much lower than actual past...

2009-08-28 13:31:27

The invasive green mussel has a powerful form of adhesion in its foot that could be copied to form synthetic adhesives, scientists in California said. The mussel, formally known as Perna viridis, has a sticky adhesive with a chemistry far more complicated than mussels studied previously, said J. Herbert Waite, a professor at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara. During six years of study, Waite and his team determined the green mussel's stickiness has...

2009-08-27 14:15:00

The green mussel is known for being a notoriously invasive fouling species, but scientists have just discovered that it also has a very powerful form of adhesion in its foot, according to a recent article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The stickiness of the mussel's foot could possibly be copied to form new man-made adhesives.Other mussels have inspired synthetic polymers that have been made into versatile adhesives and coatings, explained J. Herbert Waite, senior author and a...

2009-08-19 15:19:44

A tiny import, the Asian clam, is a growing problem in Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border. The dime-sized bivalves were first noticed in the lake bottom in 2002, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported. Now, they have spread to an area on the south shore. Lake Tahoe is a place that people have tried hard to protect, said John Reuter, an aquatic ecologist with the University of California at Davis. "These invasive species get us further and further away from the pristine...

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2009-08-19 08:45:00

Released today, UC Davis' annual Lake Tahoe health report describes a spreading Asian clam population that could put sharp shells and rotting algae on the spectacular mountain lake's popular beaches, possibly aid an invasion of quagga and zebra mussels, and even affect lake clarity and ecology."Our collaborative UC Davis and University of Nevada, Reno, science team found up to 3,000 Asian clams per square meter at locations between Zephyr Point and Elk Point in the southeastern portion of the...

2009-08-03 17:58:09

A predatory snail indigenous to the Atlantic Ocean is decimating native oysters living in Tomales Bay north of San Francisco, scientists said Monday. About half of the Olympia oysters in the coastal estuary fell to a predatory whelk snail, a California Sea Grant-funded study published in the July issue of the Oecologia journal said. The grant's operation is based at the University of California-San Diego, which distributed a news release. The type of oyster drill savages oysters by boring...

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2009-08-03 10:35:00

France's shellfish industry is dealing with a crisis for the second year in a row, as an unexplained ailment has decimated stocks of young oysters, AFP reported. French oyster farmers saw between 40 and 100 percent of their baby oysters wiped out in 2008, which is considered much higher than usual during summer harvests. The virus OsHV-1 (Ostreid herpesvirus 1), which is associated with bacteria and flourishes in warmer weather, is the likely culprit, according to scientists at Ifremer, the...

2009-07-23 09:15:00

NEW YORK, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) has added Scott Medintz to lead its growing team of journalists as the company's executive editor. In this new role, Scott will lead a group of more than 15 experienced editors and writers in creating unbiased reviews and bringing clarity and authority to the difficult task of choosing the right hotel. Scott is also leading the ongoing effort to immediately double the size of the reporting team. "Scott is the perfect...

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2009-07-17 13:30:44

A study of oyster reefs in a once-pristine California coastal estuary found them devastated by invasive Atlantic Coast crabs and snails, providing new evidence of the consequences when human activities move species beyond their natural borders. Led by marine biologist David L. Kimbro, now of The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, the study shows that in Tomales Bay, half the population of California's native Olympia oyster has perished because its habitat has fallen...


Latest Bivalves Reference Libraries

Chinese Pond Mussel, Sinanodonta woodiana
2013-10-11 11:20:39

The Chinese Pond Mussel (Sinanodonta woodiana), known also as the Eastern Asiatic Freshwater Clam or the Swan-mussel, is a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Uniondale, the river mussels. The shell is brown or blackish, occasionally with a greenish hue, the color varying but normally more intensively colored at the periphery. The shape is elliptical to almost spherical, with the lower margin strongly convex. It is native to Eastern Asia but...

Corbicula fluminea
2013-10-11 11:17:31

Corbicula fluminea is a species of freshwater clam, an aquatic bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Corbiculidae. This species is originally from Asian origin, therefore it is often referred to as the Asian Clam or Asiatic Clam. Within the aquarium and koi pond trade it is frequently called the Golden Clam or Golden Freshwater Clam. Within southeast Asia its known as the Prosperity Clam or the Good Luck Clam. It has been introduced into many parts of the world such as North America...

Pinctada Maxima
2013-04-25 16:49:52

Pinctada maxima is a species of pearl oyster, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pteriidae, the pearl oysters. There are two different color varieties: the White lipped oyster and the Gold lipped oyster. These bivalves are considered to be the largest pearl oysters in the world. They have a very strong inner shell layer composed of nacre, also known as “mother of pearl”. They’re significant in the cultured pearl industry as they are used to produce South Sea pearls....

Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus
2013-04-25 16:28:02

The Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Isognomonidae. It can be seen along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from southern Florida to Brazil and Bermuda. This oyster has two thin and irregularly shaped valves that are joined by a long straight hinge. The exterior is sculpted by a large number of rough, concentric rings with loose flakes and varies in color from a pale brownish olive to a purplish black. The nacre on the...

Cockscomb Oyster, Lopha cristagalli
2013-04-17 11:50:41

Lopha cristagalli, also known as cockscomb oyster, is a species of marine bivalve mollusks within the family Ostreidae. This species has a shell with the potential to reach a maximum diameter of roughly 20.5 centimeters, 10 centimeters being the most common. The coloration varies from dark to light purple and is thick, strongly ribbed, and slightly inequitable shell. The shell inside is porcelaneous, normally a purplish-brown or whitish. The margins of the valves have a distinctive zig-zag...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'