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2012-03-13 16:24:35

A drastic decrease in the population of freshwater mussels could have dire effects on fish and humans alike. Zoologist Caryn Vaughn from Oklahoma´s Aquatic Research Facility in Norman has been researching these freshwater mussels for over 20 years. She says she´s concerned about the drastic decrease in mussel population that´s occurred in that time. Vaughn told the National Science Foundation “This one river that we´ve been working in for over 20 years, we...

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2011-12-30 13:43:58

A brainless and faceless fish was one of 15 species discovered this year in a series of Scottish marine excavations. The amphioxus was found in Tankerness in Orkney.  It has a nerve cord down its back and is said to be regarded as a representative of the first animals to evolve a backbone. Scientists also discovered giant mussels with shells measuring 18-inches around the Small Isles.  These are said to be the largest sea shells in Scotland. Over 100 specimens of the Fan...

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2011-07-15 09:29:05

Ocean acidification, a consequence of climate change, could weaken the shells of California mussels and diminish their body mass, with serious implications for coastal ecosystems, UC Davis researchers will report July 15 in the Journal of Experimental Biology. California mussels (Mytilus californianus) live in beds along the western coast of the United States from Alaska to California. More than 300 other species share the beds or depend on the mussels in some way. "Because these mussels play...

2010-11-30 21:58:59

Scientists working with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and The Academy of Natural Sciences have made an important discovery in the Delaware River between Chester, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey: beds of freshwater mussels. This includes several uncommon species, two of which were previously believed to no longer exist in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. "Freshwater mussels are very sensitive to a variety of problems, including pollution, dams, water flows, loss of forests,...

2010-08-16 18:08:56

Climate change is causing higher air and water temperatures along the east coast of the United States. These changes have shrunk the geographic region where blue mussels are able to survive, according to findings by University of South Carolina researchers published in the Journal of Biogeography. Mytilus edulis, or blue mussels, a popular seafood, used to live along the East Coast as far south as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, but now exist only as far south as Lewes, Delaware, according to...

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2010-03-23 10:12:46

The endangered freshwater mussel species has been given a welcome boost by scientists from Queen's University Belfast following a 12 year cultivation project. Over 300 of the mussels, which are threatened in many parts of Europe and North America, have been released back into the wild at a range of secret locations in Northern Ireland. And in a novel development, the conservation scientists from Queen's will be able to keep tabs on the precious mussels after attaching tags to the outside of...

2010-03-04 16:50:12

Iron atoms convey mussel fibers with a robust but stretchy covering We may like to eat mussels steamed in white wine, but we also like to find mussels at the beach. Mostly they are burrowed into the ground or tethered to rocks. But if you look closer you will find a mollusc which has adapted to life and nutrition in a special and fascinating way. Mussels thrive in rocky seashore habitats, in spite of the enormous physical demands present there. This is in no small part due to the evolution of...

2010-02-08 09:05:00

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ - Here is a new seafood choice that needs to be considered this Valentine's season. Delicious, healthy, affordable - and already thought by the Scots to be sexy - the Fresh Blue Cultured Mussel could be the next food of love according to the Mussel Industry Council. "It is a long standing tradition that chocolate, oysters and wine have been the food of choice on February 14th", says Linda Duncan, Executive Director, Mussel Industry Council. "Over the...

2010-01-26 14:14:57

Biodiversity in freshwater systems is impacted as much or more by environmental change than tropical rain forests, according to University of Oklahoma Professor Caryn Vaughn, who serves as director of the Oklahoma Biological Survey. "When we think about species becoming extinct, we don't necessarily think of the common species in freshwater systems, many of which are declining," says Vaughn. "We need to be concerned about these declines, because these common species provide many goods and...

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...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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