Golden mussels threaten Amazon River

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Golden mussels. Photo by AP/Leo Correa

A tiny, invasive species from China is slowly making its way to the Amazon River threatening its ecosystem. Golden mussels arrived in Argentina in the early 1990s. Since then, they have spread northward toward the Amazon River Basin. Golden mussels (Limnoperna fortunei) reproduce quickly and upset the balance in waters they inhabit. For the local flora and fauna, it can be a disaster as changes in nitrogen and phosphorus levels trigger toxic algae blooms. Not only are fish and other animals threatened, but the mussels clog dams and water treatment plants.

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