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Photograph of Ebonyshell freshwater mussel shell exterior view

Ebonyshell (Outside of Shell)

Exterior view of Ebonyshell, a freshwater mussel.

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Manage your Missouri streams to help this endangered species.  

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elephant's ear

Elephantear (Elephant's Ear)

Elliptio crassidens
Today found only in the Meramec River, the elephantear has been classified as Endangered in Missouri and is a candidate for federal Endangered status.

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elktoe

Elktoe

Alasmidonta marginata
The elktoe is one of many Missouri mussels with a declining population.

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ellipse

Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
These small mussels use darters, a type of fish, as hosts for their young.

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Manage your Missouri streams to help this endangered species.

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fatmucket

Fatmucket

Lampsilis siliquoidea
The fatmucket was a favorite species harvested for the button industry in the early 1900s.

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Figure Bc02: Mussel Community Sample Sites

Map of mussel community sample sites.

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fragile papershell

Fragile Papershell

Leptodea fragilis
A widespread mussel that relies on freshwater drum as host fish for the developing young.

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Freshwater Mussels

If you love Missouri's clean water, thank our 65 species of freshwater mussels. As filter feeders, they clean impurities from the water.

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