Amazon River under massive attack of Bivalve Mollusk Mussels

February 5, 2015 11:03 PM

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They arrived from Asia attached to the bottoms of Chinese freighters in the 1990s, now they threaten to overwhelm the waters of Brazil, constituting marine threats that would not only endanger the survival of fish species, but also disrupt ecosystems in a way never known in South America.

The golden mussel is a bivalve mollusk that is very invasive in nature, propagating throughout ecosystems like a virus on a mission. The golden mussel breeds and reproduces in quick successions, and given the fact that is has very little enemies, it can invade manmade and natural systems to wreck ha...

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