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About this book
About this book
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 analyses 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.
Preface PART ONE: The Laboratory 1. The Model as Monster 2. The Case of Pearly Mussels PART TWO: The Monster's Parts 3. Dispersal 4. Habitat 5. Hosts 6. Food 7. Enemies 8. Implications for Conservation PART THREE: Making the Monster Walk 9. Three Models for Mussel Ecology 10. Is a Comprehensive Model Possible? Literature Cited Index
David L. Strayer is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies and author of Pearly Mussels of New York State, among other books.
204 pages, Illus, tabs, figs
Highly recommended.--Choice "Illuminating and thought provoking... This timely book will entice still more ecologists to study and help save these fascinating animals."--Conservation Biology "A must-read for anyone working or studying the ecology of this diverse and endangered assemblage of mollusks."--Jrnl of Molluscan Stds/ Malacologist "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