Zebra Mussel Key Terms

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bivalve
A type of mollusk which produces a top and bottom shell connected by a muscular hinge.
invasive species
A species that is not native to an area and may cause particular harm to that ecosystem.
byssus threads
Threadlike protein structures produced by special glands which allow mussels to cling to their substrate.
filter feeder
An organism that obtains nutrients by filtering the surrounding water for food particles.