Bivalve Mollusk Golden Mussels growing like virus in Amazon River, says report

February 6, 2015 7:17 AM

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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 havoc – clogging pipes and damaging hydraulic systems in dams and other water-based structures.

Add to this the filter feeding habit of the golden mussel, and you have a marine organism that increases the amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen levels in the water, triggering the growth of toxic algae and suck up oxygen and crowd out other aquatic creatures.

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