The mussel attaches itself to hard surfaces by byssal threads that emerge from between the valves through a byssal notch. Zebra mussels tend to attach themselves to hard surfaces along their flat edge, which is different from other similar species. Clusters and takes away from native mussels.
For more information about zebra mussel identification, please visit:
- Global Invasive Species Database
- USGS NAS (Nonindigenous Aquatic Species)
- Aquatic Nusiance Species (ANS) Task Force
For more information about zebra mussel best management practices, please visit: