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Mussel Survey in Southeast Missouri

Mussel Survey in Southeast Missouri

Biologists from MDC, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and a visiting malcologist from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sort through mussels in a southeast Missouri drainage ditch.

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Musseling the Mussel Fork

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These sedentary bottom dwellers influenced the past and now tell us about the health of our streams.

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paper pondshell

Paper Pondshell (Paper Floater)

Utterbackia imbecillis
Unlike most other freshwater mussels, this species is hermaphrodic: An individual mussel can be both male and female.

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Pearls of the Gasconade

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Surveying mussels to monitor the well-being of Missouri's waterways.

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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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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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