A simulation study of the spatio-temporal dynamics of the unionid mussels

Hooi Ling Lee, Donald L. DeAngelis

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Abstract

The southeastern United States has one of the richest and most diverse communities of freshwater mussels in the world. However, the population size and species diversity has steadily declined since early in this century, resulting in many species being on the brink of extinction. In this paper, a modelling framework using a spatially explicit and age structured computer model is used to conduct spatial-temporal dynamics analysis of the mussel population. The important parameters studied are the effects of fecundity rate, availability of fish hosts and suitability of the habitat for the mussel communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalEcological Modelling
Volume95
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 14 1997

Keywords

  • Computer simulations
  • Fish host
  • Glochidia
  • Traveling wave front
  • Unionid mussels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Ecology

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