Westralunio carteri (Carter's freshwater mussel):  

Predictions & Data for this entry

Model:  abj  

MRE = 0.045
SMSE = 0.049

Zero-variate data
tp912.5 853.5 (0.06463)dtime since birth at pubertyWiki
am1.825e+04 1.818e+04 (0.003904)dlife spanKlun2012
Lp2.75 3.006 (0.09307)cmtotal length at puberty Wiki, Klun2012
Li10.1 9.269 (0.08225)cmultimate total lengthWiki
Wwb7e-06 7.033e-06 (0.004695)gwet weight at birthWiki
Wwi22.4 22.36 (0.001618)gflesh wet weight at shell length 10 cmBascDuzg2009
Ri1000 1005 (0.005166)#/dmaximum reprod rateguess
Uni-variate data
DatasetFigure(RE)Independent variableDependent variableReference
tL see Fig. 1 (0.1079)time since birthshell lengthKlun2012
Pseudo-data at Tref
DataGeneralised animalWestralunio carteriUnitDescription
v 0.02 0.017cm/denergy conductance
kap 0.8 0.7503-allocation fraction to soma
kap_R 0.95 0.95-reproduction efficiency
p_M 18 5.223J/d.cm^3vol-spec som maint
k_J 0.002 0.00066431/dmaturity maint rate coefficient
kap_G 0.8 0.7982-growth efficiency
k 0.3 0.3-maintenance ratio


  • Uses fish and amphibians to cling its glochidia larvae (glochidia) and to metamorphose; The host forms cysts around glochidia, where they stay for 2128 days (ref: Wiki)


  • Glochidium is here not assumed to extract nutrients from the host fish


  • [Wiki] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echyridella_menziesii.
  • [wldb] http://wldb.ilec.or.jp/data/databook_html/oce/oce-01.html.
  • [nzgeo] https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/what-is-killing-the-kakahi/.
  • [BascDuzg2009] N. S. Başçnar, E. Düzgüneş, D. S. Mısır, H. Polat, and B. Zengin. Growth and flesh yield of the swan mussel Anodonta cygnea (Linnaeus, 1758) (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in lake Çildir (Kars, Turkey). Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 9:127--132, 2009.
  • [Jame1985] M. R. James. Distribution, biomass and production of the freshwater mussel, Hyridella menziesi (Gray), in Lake Taupu, New Zealand. Freshwater Biology, 15:307--314, 1985.
  • [Klun2012] M. W. Klunzinger. Ecology, life history and conservation status of Westralunio carteri Iredale 1934, an endemic freshwater mussel of South-Western Australia. PhD thesis, Murdoch University, 2012.
  • [Kooy2010] S.A.L.M. Kooijman. Dynamic Energy Budget theory for metabolic organisation. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2010.

Bibtex files with references for this entry

Bas Kooijman, 2017/02/13

accepted: 2017/02/13

refer to this entry as: AmP Westralunio carteri version 2017/02/13 bio.vu.nl/thb/deb/deblab/add_my_pet/