Dark False Mussel Mytilopsis leucophaeata (Conrad, 1831)Non-native  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Mollusca   >   Class Bivalvia   >   Order Myida   >   Family Dreissenidae   >   Genus Mytilopsis   

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"This species is native in the Gulf of Mexico, and spread from there via ballast water, or attached to oysters that were moved, to the Hudson River in the 1930s, and from there to other estuaries in the eastern US including Chesapeake Bay... Like the zebra mussel, this species is a significant biofouling pest in many countries, especially where it has been introduced in Europe" (Wikipedia, accessed 10/16/2017).

There are 2 records in the project database.

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A Dark False Mussel in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/25/2014). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

Dark False Mussels in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/9/2019). Found and determined by Rob Aguilar. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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