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pimpleback

Pimpleback

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

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pink heelsplitter

Pink Heelsplitter

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

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pink mucket

Pink Mucket

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

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Manage your large Missouri rivers to help this endangered species.

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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.

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pistolgrip

Pistolgrip (Buckhorn)

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

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plain pocketbook

Plain Pocketbook (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.

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pond mussel

Pond Mussel

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

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Photograph of Purple Wartyback freshwater mussel shell exterior view

Purple Wartyback (Purple Pimpleback)

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.

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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.

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