Interrelation Between Unionids and Their Epibionts in the Cooling Pond of the Khmelnitsky Nuclear Power Plant (Ukraine)

A. A. Sylayeva 1 , A. A. Protasov 2  and I. A. Morozovskaya 2
  • 1 Morozovskaya Institute of Hydrobiology of NAS, 12 Geroyiv Stalingrada prospect, Kyiv, 04210 Ukraine
  • 2 Institute of Hydrobiology of NAS, 12 Geroyiv Stalingrada prospect, Kyiv, 04210 Ukraine

Abstract

Paper deals with data on interrelation of mollusks of the family Unionidae and Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) and other epibiotic invertebrates in the cooling pond of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant (Ukraine). The quantitative indices of unionids and Dreissena, inhabiting shells of the living Unionidae, size structure of populations, and morphometric indexes of the living Unionidae were analyzed. No significant negative impact of settlements of the zebra mussels on Unionidae was noted.

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