Content tagged with "mollusk"


Quadrula pustulosa
While the pimpleback is usually bumpy, some individuals are perfectly smooth. More

Pink Heelsplitter

pink heelsplitter
Potamilus alatus
A large dorsal wing and purple lining make identification of this widespread mussel easy. More

Pink Mucket

pink mucket
Lampsilis abrupta
This endangered native mussel lives in flowing waters of large streams among gravel and cobble. More

Pink Mucket Best Management Practices

Manage your large Missouri rivers to help this endangered species. More

Pink Papershell

pink papershell
Potamilus ohiensis
This species enjoys the same geographic distribution in our state as the pink heelsplitter, and it generally resembles that species, too. But as the name suggests, the pink papershell usually has a thinner shell and is smaller. Also, it prefers rather shallow water with a good current. More

Pistolgrip (Buckhorn)

Tritogonia verrucosa
Shaped like a checkered gunstock, with its unique, turned-down edge, pistolgrips are easy to identify. More

Plain Pocketbook (Pocketbook)

plain pocketbook
Lampsilis cardium
One of the most common and widespread mussels in our state, its oval shape, relatively large size and frequent occurrence make it one of the most easily recognized. More

Pond Mussel

pond mussel
Ligumia subrostrata
This widespread species is one of the few Missouri mussels successful in shallow ponds and lakes. More

Purple Wartyback (Purple Pimpleback)

Photograph of Purple Wartyback freshwater mussel shell exterior view
Cyclonaias tuberculata
Before buttons were made of plastic, they were made of shell. Because only white buttons were in demand, the coppery-purple shell of this species made it worthless for the button industry. More

Restoring River Life: Making Mussels

I just heard some good news (a pleasant change from what’s often gloom and doom) about keeping our waters healthy. More