Ecology and Evolution of the Freshwater Mussels Unionoida

  • Gerhard Bauer
  • Klaus Wächtler

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 145)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Systematics and Distribution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Keith F. Walker, Maria Byrne, Christopher W. Hickey, David S. Roper
      Pages 5-31
    3. Karl-Otto Nagel, Guido Badino
      Pages 51-80
  3. Life-History Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Klaus Wächtler, Maria C. Dreher-Mansur, Torsten Richter
      Pages 93-125
    3. Susanne Hochwald
      Pages 127-141
    4. Rafael Araujo, Maria Angeles Ramos
      Pages 143-152
  4. Populations and Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Elke Zahner-Meike, J. Mark Hanson
      Pages 163-184
    3. Wolfgang Jansen, Gerhard Bauer, Elke Zahner-Meike
      Pages 185-211
  5. Evolutionary Biology

  6. Mussels and Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Robert A. Patzner, Doris Müller
      Pages 327-335
    3. Valery Ziuganov, Sviatoslav Kaliuzhin, Victor Beletsky, Ekaterina Popkovitch
      Pages 359-366
    4. Harry Mutvei, Torbjörn Westermark
      Pages 367-379
  7. Synopsis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. Gerhard Bauer, Klaus Wächtler
      Pages 383-388
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 389-396

About this book


Unionoida (naiads) are characterized by larvae which have to pass through a parasitic stage on a host fish. Some of these host-parasite systems are unique, since the generation time of the parasite exceeds that of its host by a factor of ten. There is tremendous life history variation. With a life span of more than 200 years, some naiad species belong to the longest-lived invertebrates, some are highly host-specific, some are extremely fertile, some produce very peculiar larvae, and some occur at very high population densities.
This volume describes and explains the characteristics and life histories of the naiads, the interactions with their hosts, and their evolution. It elucidates the manifold implications of their presence or absence in a lake or stream. Further, aspects of nature conservation are covered, as many naiad species are seriously threatened. Some have been used successfully as sensitive pollutant indicators in habitat monitoring and as "archives" for environmental changes.


Evolution Muscheln Mussels Naturschutz Parasiten Systematik Unionoida Wirt bivalves ecology host naiads nature conservation parasites systematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerhard Bauer
    • 1
  • Klaus Wächtler
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Biologie IUniversität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Institut für ZoologieTierärztliche Hochschule HannoverHannoverGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-63140-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-56869-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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