Russian Journal of Biological Invasions

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 283–289 | Cite as

Ecological and morphological characterization of Dreissena bugensis (Bivalvia, Dreissenidae) from Cheboksary Reservoir (with the description of deep-water ecotype)

  • V. V. Pavlova
  • E. G. Pryanichnikova


The bivalve mollusk Dreissena bugensis forms two ecotypes in the Cheboksary Reservoir—typical (shallow) and deep-water ones. This water body is the only place in the European part of the species range where the deep-water morph is found. The two ecotypes differ morphologically (in the ratios of shell height, width, and length; in general outlines and byssus strength) and ecologically (they inhabit parts of the reservoir which differ strongly in environmental conditions). The morphological variability of the deep-water morph is lower than that of the typical one.


Dreissena bugensis Cheboksary Reservoir ecology morphology geometric morphometrics deep-water ecotype 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Papanin Institute for Biology of Inland WatersRussian Academy of SciencesYaroslavl oblastRussia

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