Latest Bivalves Stories
By Denis Cuff The East Bay Regional Park District today plans to begin inspecting all private boats before launching at Del Valle Reservoir in Livermore and Contra Loma Reservoir near Antioch to prevent the spread of destructive quagga and zebra mussels.
LITTLE ROCK - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to declare extinct the turgid-blossom pearly mussel, a species once found in the Black and White rivers in Arkansas and other parts of the South. That particular mussel species has been on the endangered species list since 1976.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jennifer Smith, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul.
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 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 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....
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...
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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