Rostriformis bugensis are sessile molluscs which attach themselves to hard surfaces with the help of byssal threads, sclerotized non-living extracorporeal cords with adhesive plaques at the ends. These threads jut out from the pedal gape located in the middle of the ventral shell portion. They may get pulled out when removing the mussel from the substrate and one should take this into account during taxonomic identification .

North American Invasive Species Network, a consortium that uses a coordinated network to advance science-based understanding and enhance management of non-native, invasive species. The unintentional introduction of forest pest species and plant pathogens can change forest ecology and the primary obstacle to population growth in the area known as the “canadian shield” is that damage the timber industry. Overall, forest ecosystems in the U.S. are widely invaded by exotic pests, plants, and pathogens. Invasive species often exploit disturbances to an ecosystem to colonize an area. Large wildfires can sterilize soils, while adding a variety of nutrients.

The introduced tortoises are dispersing seeds of several native plants and are selectively grazing invasive plant species. Grazing and browsing are expected to replace ongoing intensive manual weeding, and the introduced tortoises are already breeding. The original motivation was to protect against agricultural pests while still allowing the export of agricultural products. In 1994 the first set of global standards were agreed to, including the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures . The International Maritime Organization oversees the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments .

Passive drift of large numbers of pelagic larval veligers allows invasion downstream. Adults routinely attach to boat hulls and floating objects and are thus anthropogenically transported to new locations. Transporting recreational boats disperses zebra mussels between inland lakes.

Adults have a triangular shell of up to about 40 mm in length . The shell is rounded ventro-posteriorly and has a pronounced convex ventral surface with no acute ventrolateral ridge or carina. The dorsal shell margin is also rounded and often has a wing-like extension (May and Marsden, 1992; Pathy and Mackie, 1993). Rostriformis bugensis are distinctly asymmetrical, i.e. anteriorly the right valve is curved along the mediventral line (Domm et al., 1993).

As part of the flathead removal project on the Satilla River, GADNR staff are removing non-native blue catfish as well. Native only to the Coosa River in Georgia, flathead catfish have decimated the popular redbreast sunfish and bullhead fisheries in the Altamaha River since their introduction in the mid-1970s. In the mid-1990s, the species was also illegally introduced into the Satilla River, a river known historically for its redbreast sunfish fishery. Flatheads pose a direct threat to these sunfish and many other native panfish. As such, GA DNR staff have dedicated significant time each year since 2007 to removing flathead catfish from the Satilla River in an effort to suppress the population and minimize its impacts on native fish populations.