CLASS: Bivalvia
FAMILY: Dreisseniidae
GENUS and SPECIES: Dreissena polymorpha

Because zebra mussels are invasive exotic species, it is important to ensure that they are not inadvertently moved to other water bodies.  Follow the most current DEC guidelines on safe practices when dealing with invasive species.  For zebra mussels the guidelines currently (last checked Nov 2009) include drying equipment for at least 5 days prior to using elsewhere.