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Zebra mussels - be aware

Posted 6/5/24

It’s hard to believe finding a fingernail-sized mussel could be biological alarm wherever they’re found. However, that’s exactly what zebra mussels have done since they were accidentally introduced into North America. This exotic species has been found at several sites in Missouri and each time they’ve been found at a new place, it adds another level of stress for the biologists who manage that body of water. The reason the discovery of this tiny mussel is always a worrisome event is that in areas where zebra mussels are abundant, government agencies and private citizens are faced with the difficult – and often expensive – task of finding solutions to problems caused by these exotic invertebrates.

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