Invasive Mussel Veliger Detection Services


Can you see what is in your water?


Clean Lakes has included invasive zebra and quagga mussel veliger detection services as part of our ever expanding suite of aquatic ecosystem restoration and maintenance offerings.

Through the use of a portable FloCAM® several advantages are brought over traditional microscopy techniques. The FloCAM detects invasive mussels through birefringence imaging particle analysis process.

Specific advantages include larger sample size, faster sample test time, reduced human error, and physical snapshots of veligers. This results in a process that is more accurate and thorough with a quick turnaround time.

Clean Lakes has developed a veliger sample collection kit that is included as part of our service. The sample kit provides the waterbody manager with all instruments necessary for self sampling. The option is also available for third party sampling.



FloCAM - portable equipment used to run veliger samples.










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quagga and zebra mussels



Both quagga and zebra mussels are a concern because they inhabit our freshwater rivers, lakes and reservoirs. They have the potential to inhabit most of the fresh waters of the US and may result in impacting a variety of native aquatic species and eventually entire ecosystems.

Although similar in appearance to the quagga mussel, the two species can be easily distinguished. When placed on a surface zebra mussels are stable on their flattened underside while quagga mussels, lacking a flat underside, will fall over.


quagga mussel - invasive mussel


The quagga mussel, native to the Dneiper River drainage of Ukraine and Ponto-Caspian Sea, has a rounded angle, and a convex ventral side. Overall, quaggas are rounder in shape than zebra mussels. Color patterns vary widely with black, cream, or white bands.

Zebra Mussel - Invasive mussel


The zebra mussel, native to the Black, Caspian, and Azov Seas, is named for the striped pattern of its shell. Zebra mussels are usually found attached to objects, surfaces, or other mussels by threads extending from underneath the shells.

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