Freshwater Mussel Ecology: A Multifactor Approach to Distribution and Abundance

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Freshwater Mussel Ecology: A Multifactor Approach to Distribution and Abundance Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: University of California Press Pages: 216 Illustrations and other contents: 4 b-w photographs, 49 line illustrations, 14 tables Language: English ISBN: 9780520255265 Categories: , , , , ,

Pearly mussels (Unionoidea) live in lakes, rivers, and streams around the world. These bivalves play important roles in freshwater ecosystems and were once both culturally and economically valuable as sources of food, pearls, and mother-of-pearl. Today, however, hundreds of species of these mussels are extinct or endangered. David L. Strayer provides a critical synthesis of the factors that control the distribution and abundance of pearly mussels. Using empirical analysis and models, he assesses the effects of dispersal, habitat quality, availability of fish hosts, adequate food, predators, and parasites. He also addresses conservation issues that apply to other inhabitants of fresh waters around the globe and other pressing issues in contemporary ecology.

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"Highly recommended." -- S. R. Fegley Choice "Illuminating and thought provoking... This timely book will entice still more ecologists to study and help save these fascinating animals." -- Wendell R. Haag Conservation Biology "A must-read for anyone working or studying the ecology of this diverse and endangered assemblage of mollusks." -- Daniel L. Graf Journal Of Molluscan Stds/ Malacologist "Excellent... This book is engagingly written throughout, and provides ... a reflection on the dilemma of modern ecology." Qtly Review Of Biology "This thorough, authoritative and highly enjoyable read is a must for all freshwater biologists." Freshwater Biology "Thoughtful, and thought-provoking... A valuable read for most ecologists, especially those concerned with the conservation of this threatened species." Biofeedback "The approach outlined in the book could be used for any group of organisms." Journal Of North American Benthological Society

Author Biography

David L. Strayer is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies and author of Pearly Mussels of New York State, among other books.