are a freshwater bivalve, which means they have two shells. The alternating
light and dark bands or stripes on their shells give them the name zebra
mussels, of course.
shell length is about Ύ, although they come in a range of sizes from much
smaller up to about 2.
|What makes zebra
mussels unique is their ability to attach to hard surfaces. They do this by
means of byssal threads. The ends of these threads are sticky, which allows
zebra mussels to attach to a variety of surfaces rock, wood, rubber,
plastic, metal almost anything thats not toxic.