This section contains detailed information on each character that is used in the identification of the three adult dreissenid species (zebra, quagga, and false dark mussels), as well as members of the two other bivalve superfamilies. Only limited information is provided on veliger (immature) identification. Information on veligers is provided in the Larval Identification Information section.
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Apophysis on Myophore Plate
Attachment to Bottom
Surface Appearance - Dull vs Glossy
Using the Interactive Identification Systems
Zebra Mussel Identification