First report of the mussel Mytella strigata (Hanley, 1843) in the Venezuelan Caribbean from an invasion in a shrimp farm

César Lodeiros, Dailos Hernández-Reyes, José Miguel Salazar, Manuel Rey-Méndez, Nieves González-Henríquez

Submited: 2020-08-06 00:05:50 | Published: 2021-07-04 18:09:44

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol49-issue3-fulltext-2626

Abstract


Individuals of mussels were collected in ponds from a commercial shrimp farm in the Unare region, Anzoátegui State, Venezuela. Identification was carried out using dichotomous keys and corroborated via analysis of similarities between the sequences of partial mitochondrial DNA of the cytochrome oxidase gene and Mytella strigata (Hanley, 1843) reported in GenBank with 99-100% similarity. Morphological analyses further supported the identification of the specimen. The first report of M. strigata in the Venezuelan Caribbean coast suggests that it could be a transplanted species. Possible negative effects of M. strigata on commercial shrimp production systems are discussed.


Lodeiros C, Hernández-Reyes D, Salazar J, Rey-Méndez M, González-Henríquez N. First report of the mussel Mytella strigata (Hanley, 1843) in the Venezuelan Caribbean from an invasion in a shrimp farm. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2021;49(3): 531-537. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol49-issue3-fulltext-2626 [Accessed 8 Dec. 2022].
Lodeiros, C., Hernández-Reyes, D., Salazar, J., Rey-Méndez, M., & González-Henríquez, N. (2021). First report of the mussel Mytella strigata (Hanley, 1843) in the Venezuelan Caribbean from an invasion in a shrimp farm. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 49(3), 531-537. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol49-issue3-fulltext-2626