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Salinity threatens freshwater mussels

Date published: 09th September 2010
Publication: Science Network WA
Editor: Jaymes Brown
Author: Marisa Wikramanayake
Title: Salinity threatens freshwater mussels
Link to full article: Salinity threatens freshwater mussels


A MURDOCH University researcher has found that Western Australia’s freshwater mussel species, Carter’s Freshwater Mussel (Westralunio carteri) is being threatened by salinity.

Michael Klunzinger, a PhD student with the Freshwater Fish Group at the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research at Murdoch University, says that other issues also affect the species’ survival.

“The primary threat to the mussel’s survival is salinity,” he said.

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