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BARBOSA, FABIANA G.. The scientific literature on Limnoperna fortunei (Dunker 1857) from 1982 to 2012. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2014, vol.86, n.3, pp.1373-1384.  Epub Aug 15, 2014. ISSN 0001-3765.

Limnoperna fortunei (golden mussel) is a freshwater bivalve native to Southeast Asia, but is becoming an invasive species in several aquatic ecosystems in the world. In this study, a scientometric analysis was performed to identify the patterns, trends and gaps of knowledge for this invasive species. A survey of the published literature was conducted using the database of the Thomson Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). A total of 107 papers were surveyed that were published between 1982 and 2012 in 60 journals. The number of papers on L. fortunei over the years has increased, especially within the last eight years of the study period. Argentina, Brazil, and Japan are the countries that contributed the most papers to the literature on invasive bivalve. The majority of papers were field-observational studies. Among some important gaps that need to be addressed are the relatively small number and/or lack of studies conducted in the native countries and in countries invaded by L. fortunei, the lack of internationally collaborative publications in these countries, as well as a low number of internationally collaborative studies.

Keywords : biological invasions; golden mussel; scientific production; scientometric analysis.

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