Common name: Chinese pond mussel
Synonyms and Other Names: Anodonta woodiana
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Size: Reaching 30 cm (Pou-Rovira et al., 2009).
Native Range: Eastern Asia, primarily from the Amur and Yangtze rivers (Kraszewski and Zdanowski, 2007)
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Puerto Rico &
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Sinanodonta woodiana are found here.
Table last updated 9/30/2022
† Populations may not be currently present.
Ecology: From slowly running rivers to eutrophic ponds (Welter Schultes, 2010). Commonly found in muddy sediment in the Czech Republic (Beran, 2008).
Means of Introduction: Most likely the mussels arrived as glochidia (larvae) attached to the gills of imported Invasive Carp (Beran, 2008). All carp species serve as hosts for the glochidia larval stage.
Status: The mussel did become established locally in several New Jersey fish ponds at a single site. In 2019 these ponds were treated and the mussel is believed to be eradicated. However, the status of a possible mussel population where shells were found in Wickecheoke Creek downstream of the fish ponds is unknown.
Impact of Introduction: No known studies have been found researching the impacts of this mussel in the United States.
References: (click for full references)
Beran, L. 2008. Expansion of Sinandonta woodiana
(Lea, 1834) (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in the Czech Republic. Aquatic Invasions 3(1): 91-94.
Cappelletti, C., S. Cianfanelli, M. E. Beltrami, and F. Ciutti. 2009. Sinanodonta woodiana
(Lea, 1834) (Bivalvia: Unionidae): a new non-indigenous species in Lake Garda (Italy). Aquatic Invasions 4(4): 685-688.
Kraszewski, A. and B. Zdanowski. 2007. Sinanodonta woodiana
(Lea, 1834) (Mollusca) - a new mussel species in Poland: occurence and habitat preferences in a heated lake system. Polish Journal of Ecology 55(2): 337-356.
Paunovic, M., B. Csanyi, V. Simic, B. Stojanovic, and P. Cakic. 2006. Distribution of Anodonta (Sinanondonta) woodiana
(Lea, 1834) in inland waters of Serbia. Aquatic Invasions 1(3): 154-160.
Popa, O. P., B. S. Kelemen, D. Murariu, and L. O. Popa. 2007. New records of Sinanodonta woodiana
(Lea, 1834) (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Unionidae) from eastern Romania. Aquatic Invasions 2(3): 265-267.
Popa, O. and L. O. Popa. 2006. Sinanodonta woodiana
(Lea, 1834), Corbicula fluminea
(O. F. Muller, 1774), Dreissena bugensis
(Andrusov, 1897) (Mollusca: Bivalvia): alien invasive species in Romanian fauna. Travaux du Museum National d'Histoire Naturalle 49: 7-12.
Pou-Rovira, Q., R. Araujo, D. Boix, M. Clavero, C. Feo., M. Ordeix, and L. Zamora. 2009. Presence of the alien Chinese pond mussel Anodonta woodiana
(Lea, 1834) (Bivalvia, Unionidae) in the Iberian Peninsula. Graellsia 65(1): 67-70.
Watters, G. T. 1997. A synthesis and review of the expanding range of the Asian freshwater mussel Anodonta woodiana
(Bivalvia: Unionidae). Veliger 40: 152-156.
Welter Schultes, F. 2010. Species summary for Sinanodonta woodiana
. AnimalBase http://www.animalbase.uni-goettingen.de/zooweb/servlet/AnimalBase/home/species?id=2919
Last accessed 9/28/2010.
Revision Date: 5/26/2020
Benson, A.J., 2022, Sinanodonta woodiana (Lea, 1834): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=2824, Revision Date: 5/26/2020, Access Date: 10/2/2022
This information is preliminary or provisional and is subject to revision. It is being provided to meet the need for timely best science. The information has not received final approval by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and is provided on the condition that neither the USGS nor the U.S. Government shall be held liable for any damages resulting from the authorized or unauthorized use of the information.