Flotation of the Bivalve Corbicula fluminea as a Means of Dispersal

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Science  28 Sep 1984:
Vol. 225, Issue 4669, pp. 1491-1493
DOI: 10.1126/science.225.4669.1491


Small specimens of the Asiatic bivalve Corbicula c.f. fluminea (Müller) secrete long mucous threads through their exhalent siphons that act as draglines to buoy the animal into a water column. These mucous strands, secreted in response to water current stimuli, are produced by dense accumulations of ctenidial mucocytes and may help in the downstream or interstream dispersal of this rapidly spreading exotic clam.