Infestation of unionids native to Poland by Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) in littoral zone of two lowland lakes
More details
Hide details
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
Submission date: 2018-07-10
Final revision date: 2018-08-09
Acceptance date: 2018-09-20
Publication date: 2018-09-29
Corresponding author
Anna Marszewska   

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Gagarina 11, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Folia Malacol. 2018;26(3):177-182
Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) is an alien bivalve species that has successfully spread in lotic and lentic water habitats of Poland. The aim of the study was an assessment of differences in the level of colonisation of zebra mussel individuals residing on the shell surface of Unionidae gathered from the shore zone of water bodies both between Unionidae species and the two lakes of central Poland that were sampled. The lakes are surrounded by forest, and have silty-sandy bottoms that are poor in hard surfaces, but these water bodies vary in size and wave exposure. Specimens of two Unionidae species, Anodonta anatina (Linnaeus, 1758) and Unio tumidus Philipsson, 1788, were collected from both lakes and numbers of colonizing D. polymorpha individuals fixed to their shells noted. The majority of collected unionids were inhabited by D. polymorpha. Our results suggest that Unionidae living in the smaller lake were more exposed to colonisation by D. polymorpha, and that A. anatina in both lakes was more likely to be used as a substrate for D. polymorpha colonies than U. tumidus.
Aldridge D. 2010. Dreissena polymorpha in Great Britain: history of spread, impacts and control. In: Van der Velde G., Rajagopal S., Bij de Vaate A. (eds). The zebra mussel in Europe. Backhuys Publishers, Weikersheim, pp. 79–92.
Bódis E., Tóth B., Sousa R. 2014. Impact of Dreissena fouling on the physiological condition of native and invasive bivalves: interspecific and temporal variations. Biological Invasions 16: 1373–1386.
Burlakova L. E. 1998. Ecology of Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas) and its role in the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. Candidate Dissertation, Zoology Institute of the Academy of Science Republic Belarus, Minsk.
Burlakova L. E., Karatayev A. Y., Padilla D. K. 2000. The impact of Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas) invasion on unionid bivalves. International Review of Hydrobiology 85: 529–541.
Burlakova L. E., Tulumello B. L., Karatayev A. Y., Krebs R. A., Schloesser D. W. Paterson W. L., Griffith T. A., Scott M. W., Crail T., Zanatta D. T. 2014. Competitive replacement of invasive congeners may relax impact on native species: interactions among zebra, quagga, and native unionid mussels. PLoS One 9(12): e114926.
Choiński A. 1991. Katalog jezior Polski. Cz. 3. Fundacja „Warta”, Poznań.
Colomba M. S., Liberto F., Reitano A., Grasso R., Di Franco D., Sparacio I. 2013. On the presence of Dreissena polymorpha Pallas, 1771 and Sinanodonta woodiana woodiana (Lea, 1834) in Sicily (Bivalvia). Biodiversity Journal 4: 571–580.
Dzierżyńska-Białończyk A., Jermacz Ł., Maćkiewicz T., Gajewska J., Kobak J. 2018. Mechanisms and impact of differential fouling of the zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha on different unionid bivalves. Freshwater Biology 63: 687–699.
Grizzle J. M., Brunner C. J. 2009. Infectious diseases of freshwater mussels and other freshwater bivalve mollusks. Reviews in Fisheries Science 17: 425–467.
Hincks S. S., Mackie, G. L. 1997. Effects of pH, calcium, alkalinity, hardness, and chlorophyll on the survival, growth, and reproductive success of zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) in Ontario lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 54: 2049–2057.
Horsák M. 2006. Mollusc community patterns and species response curves along a mineral richness gradient: a case study in fens. Journal of Biogeography 33: 98–107.
Hörmann L., Maier G. 2006. Do zebra mussels grow faster on live unionids than on inanimate substrate? A study with field enclosures. International Review of Hydrobiology 91: 113–121.
Karatayev A. Y. 1983. Ecology of Dreissena polymorpha Pallas and its effects on macrozoobenthos of the thermal power plant’s cooling reservoir. Candidate Dissertation, Zoology Institute of Academy of Science Belarussian SSR, Minsk.
Karatayev A. Y., Burlakova L. E., Padilla D. K. 2006. Growth rate and longevity of Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas): a review and recommendations for future study. Journal of Shellfish Research 25: 23–32.
Lewandowski K. 1976. Unionidae as a substratum for Dreissena polymorpha (Pall.). Polskie Archiwum Hydrobiologii / Polish Archives of Hydrobiology 23: 409–420.
Lewandowski K. 1982. The role of early developmental stages in the dynamics of Dreissena polymorpha (Pall.) (Bivalvia) populations in lakes. II. Settling of larvae and the dynamics of number of sedentary individuals. Ekologia Polska 30: 223–286.
Lewandowski K. 2001. Development of populations of Dreissena polymorpha (Pall.) in lakes. Folia Malacologica 9: 171–213.
Lodge D. M., Brown K. M., Klosiewski S. P., Stein R. A., Covich A. P., Leathers B. K., Bronmark C. 1987. Distribution of freshwater snails: spatial scale and the relative importance of physicochemical and biotic factors. American Malacological Bulletin 5: 73–84.
Lopes-Lima M., Sousa R., Geist J., Aldridge D. C., Araujo R., Bergengren J., Bespalaya Y., Bódis E., Burlakova L., Damme D. van, Douda K., Froufe E., Georgiev D., Gumpinger C., Karatayev A., Kebapçi Ü., Killeen I., Lajtner J., Larsen B. M., Lauceri R., Legakis A., Lois S., Lundberg S., Moorkens E., Motte G., Nagel K.-O., Ondina P., Outeiro A., Paunovic M., Prié V., Proschwitz T. von, Riccardi N., Rudzīte M., Rudzītis M., Scheder C., Seddon M., Şereflişan H., Simić V., Sokolova S., Stoeckl K., Taskinen J., Teixeira A., Thielen F., Trichkova T., Varandas S., Vicentini H., Zajac K., Zajac T., Zogaris S. 2017. Conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe: state of the art and future challenges. Biological Reviews 92: 572–607.
Mackie G. L. 1991. Biology of the exotic zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, in relation to native bivalves and its potential impact in Lake St. Clair. Hydrobiologia 219: 251–268.
Matthews M. A., McMahon R. F. 1999. Effects of temperature and temperature acclimation on survival of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) and Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) under extreme hypoxia. Journal of Molluscan Studies 65: 317–325.
Piechocki A., Wawrzyniak-Wydrowska B. 2016. Guide to freshwater and marine Mollusca of Poland. Bogucki Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Poznań.
Pilotto F., Sousa R., Aldridge D. C. 2016. Is the body condition of the invasive zebra mussel (Dreissena poly­morpha) enhanced through attachment to native freshwater mussels (Bivalvia, Unionidae)? Science of the Total Environment 553: 243–249.
Schloesser D. W., Kovalak W. P., Longton G. D., Ohnesorg K. L., Smithee R. D. 1998. Impact of Zebra and Quagga Mussels (Dreissena spp.) on freshwater unionids (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in the Detroit River of the Great Lakes. The American Midland Naturalist 140: 299–313.
Schloesser D. W., Nalepa T. F. 1994. Dramatic decline of unionid bivalves in offshore waters of western Lake Erie after infestation by the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 51: 2234–2242.
Schloesser D. W., Nalepa T. F., Mackie G. L. 1996. Zebra Mussel infestation of unionid bivalves (Unionidae) in North America. American Zoologist 36: 300–310.
Schloesser D. W., Schmuckal C. 2012. Bibliography of Dreissena polymorpha (zebra mussels) and Dreissena rostriformis bugensis (quagga mussels): 1989 to 2011. Journal of Shellfish Research 31: 1205–1263.
Sousa R., Pilotto F., Aldridge D. C. 2011. Fouling of European freshwater bivalves (Unionidae) by the invasive zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). Freshwater Biology 56: 867–876.
Sprung M. 1993. The other life: an account of present knowledge of the larval phase of Dreissena polymorpha In: Nalepa T. F., Schloesser D. W. (eds). Zebra mussels: biology, impacts, and control. Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, pp. 39–55.
Stańczykowska A. 1964. On the relationship between abundance, aggregations and “condition” of Dreissena polymorpha /Pall./ in 36 Mazurian Lakes. Ekologia Polska 12: 653–690.
Stańczykowska A. 1977. Ecology of Dreissena polymorpha (Pall.) (Bivalvia) in lakes. Polskie Archiwum Hydrobiologii / Polish Archives of Hydrobiology 24: 461–530.
Thorp J. H., Delong M. D., Casper A. A. F. 1998. In situ experiments on predatory regulation of a bivalve mollusc (Dreissena polymorpha) in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Freshwater Biology 39: 649–661.
White J. D., Hamilton S. K., Sarnelle O. 2015. Heat-induced mass mortality of invasive zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) at sublethal water temperatures. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72: 1221–1229.
Wiktor J. 1969. Biologia Dreissena polymorpha (Pall.) i jej ekologiczne znaczenia w Zalewie Szczecińskim. Studia i Materiały. Morski Instytut Rybacki, Gdynia.
Invasive zebra mussel ( Dreissena polymorpha ) threatens an exceptionally large population of the depressed river mussel ( Pseudanodonta complanata ) in a postglacial lake
Małgorzata Ożgo, Maria Urbańska, Philipp Hoos, Hannes Imhof, Małgorzata Kirschenstein, Julia Mayr, Florian Michl, Rafał Tobiasz, Marie Wesendonk, Stefan Zimmermann, Juergen Geist
Ecology and Evolution
Invasion of Zebra Mussel Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) in the Basin of Lake Ladoga and the Biochemical Role of the Invader
D. Dudakova, S. Svetov
Russian Journal of Biological Invasions
D. Dudakova, S. Svetov
Russian Journal of Biological Invasions
Journals System - logo
Scroll to top