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2008-08-05 08:20:00

French oysters are falling prey to a herpes virus, after an oyster crisis team found they have been concentrating too hard on developing sexual organs rather then their natural defenses. Ifremer, France's main marine research institute established the crisis team on July 3. Researchers are trying to find why 40 to 100 percent of oysters aged 12 to 18 months are dying in all but one of France's breeding areas. French love to devour the mollusks with lemon and white wine, but they have been...

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By Chris Woodka, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. Aug. 2--If they're in there, they're still hiding. After nearly 19,000 inspections at Lake Pueblo in the past three months, no new evidence of zebra mussels has surfaced. Periodic sweeps of the lake and others in the state by the Division of Wildlife turned up larvae of quagga mussels at Lake Granby, but nothing so far at Lake Pueblo. That doesn't mean the rangers or wildlife officers will stop looking. "The inspections will continue as...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Michael Pearce, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 30--Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks officials said Tuesday that zebra mussels were found Monday in Marion Reservoir. Marion becomes the third reservoir near Wichita where the mussels have been found since 2003. Jason Goeckler, Wildlife and Parks aquatic nuisance species coordinator, said only one mussel and some larvae were detected. He projects a population explosion and problems in coming years. Zebra mussels are prolific...

2008-07-23 03:00:46

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 23--When you think of pearls, you usually imagine white, smooth and round -- not brown, textured, and square. These are not your grandmother's pearls. The collection of freshwater pearls at the Shadyside Mining Co. in Shadyside come in many colors, shapes and sizes and will be on display at a trunk show running Thursday to Monday. "Pearls are getting very, very popular," says owner and jewelry designer Robert Patak. "You...

2008-07-18 18:00:28

By Christopher Blank Almost every woman owns a piece of jewelry that belonged to her mother or a beloved relative - a keepsake that holds sentimental value or a secret story cherished by its owner. In "String of Pearls," produced by Playhouse on the Square and running through Aug. 3 at TheatreWorks, the history of such an heirloom is revealed as it changes hands and hearts. Playwright Michele Lowe's inventive storytelling is reminiscent of the film "The Red Violin," as the title object...

2008-07-16 09:00:00

By Ed Dentry It's getting creepier by the minute out there. To the nightmare cauldron of invasive species that have made inroads into the state's waters, we now add quagga mussels. The Colorado Division of Wildlife said Tuesday that biologists have found quagga mussel larvae in Lake Granby. DNA tests performed by the DOW and the Bureau of Reclamation confirmed the invasive mussel's presence. Quagga mussels are slightly larger cousins of zebra mussels, which have spurred a rash of boat...

2008-07-15 12:00:35

By Gareth McGrath, Star-News, Wilmington, N.C. Jul. 13--North Carolina is about to throw big bucks at the humble oyster, long the poster child of what's wrong with the coast, to try to boost stocks of the depleted bivalve. The state budget passed by legislators includes $4.3 million for a research hatchery at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, It also earmarks $2 million for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to fund six new positions and add equipment to expand the...

2008-07-15 06:00:30

By Jennifer Smith, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 15--Clam harvests in the Great South Bay were in steep decline by the time brown tide arrived on Long Island in 1985, but this year's historically most widespread algae bloom has generated renewed concern and an unprecedented attempt to involve the federal government. Speaking yesterday at a Patchogue dock against a backdrop of water darkened by brown tide, Sen. Charles Schumer and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Brian Foley called on the...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

By David Accomazzo Antero Reservoir will open to boating today after being closed for two months to contain the threat of zebra mussels.Officials will inspect boats on the north ramp only, seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.Workers will decontaminate vessels carrying the mussels, which can clog water-related equipment and cause damage to fisheries by eating beneficial plankton, according to a news release from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.Antero Reservoir has been closed to...

2008-07-01 09:00:35

By Suzanne Ulbrich, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Jul. 1--Discarded oyster shells can help revitalize and clean coastal estuaries -- but they have to be recycled first. So the Division of Marine Fisheries is recognizing those who have helped the state get those shells back into the water. North Carolina's Division of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City will be holding a plaque presentation at Hammocks Beach State Park at 10 a.m. today to present plaques to the volunteers and...


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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