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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 interior view

Purple Wartyback (Inside of Shell)

Interior view of Purple Wartyback, a freshwater mussel.

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Photograph of Purple Wartyback freshwater mussel shell exterior view

Purple Wartyback (Outside of Shell)

Exterior view of Purple Wartyback, a freshwater mussel.

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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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round pigtoe

Round Pigtoe

Pleurobema sintoxia
Round pigtoes are more rounded than Wabash pigtoes. Usually, the nacre (the shell lining) is white, but in rare individuals it is bright pink.

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scaleshell

Scaleshell

Leptodea leptodon
Rarely seen, this Endangered freshwater mussel has a thin and delicate shell that is strikingly beautiful inside.

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Manage your Missouri streams to help this endangered species.

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