Aquatic Nuisance Species Profiles
Zebra Mussels (invasive mollusk)
Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are an invasive mollusk that look like small clams with wavy black or brown and cream-colored stripes. They are native to the Caspian Sea in Eastern Europe and may have come to North America in the mid-1990s as stowaways in the ballast water of ships. They have been problematic in the Great Lakes states and in the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
Zebra mussels have not been documented in Georgia waters yet. Learn about this important ANS and learn ways to help prevent its spread and introduction into our state's waters.
Zebra Mussels can:
How they spread:
How to prevent spread:
Links to Zebra Mussel Information
Zebra Mussel Fact Sheet (Gulf and South Atlantic ANS Panel)
Zebra Mussel Profile (Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers)
100th Meridian Initiative (joint agency project)
Zebra Mussel Fact Sheet (Ohio SeaGrant)
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