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Invasive dreissenid mussels and round gobies: A benthic pathway for the trophic transfer of microcystin


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In the present preliminary study, the authors identify 2 pathways through which invasive dreissenid mussels can transfer microcystin to higher trophic levels: either directly, through consumption by benthivorous fish such as the round goby; or indirectly, through their biodeposits, which are an important food source for benthic invertebrates. The results suggest that dreissenid mussels represent a potentially important benthic pathway for the food web transfer of microcystin. Environ Toxicol Chem 2013;32:2159–2164. © 2013 SETAC