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Photo of a belted crayfish, also called Big River crayfish.

Belted Crayfish (Big River Crayfish)

Orconectes harrisoni
The belted crayfish is medium-small, tan, with a distinctive pattern of alternating olive-green and reddish-brown bands on the abdominal segments. It is found only in the Big River and its tributaries.

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Photo of a Big Creek crayfish.

Big Creek Crayfish

Orconectes peruncus
The Big Creek crayfish is moderately small and brown. It has a very localized distribution centered in Big Creek and its tributaries, in the St. Francis River basin. It lacks bright colors, but blackish specks and blotches occur over the top surfaces of the body and pincers.

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Mussel Survey in Southeast Missouri

Biologists say mussel population is healthy despite heat wave

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Mussels are indicators of water quality so they are doing well, it's a good indicator for water quality as well.

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Flooded habitat for early fall migrants

Bird's-Eye View

Have you ever wondered what it is like for a duck to migrate cross-country, viewing the landscape from several thousand feet?

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Black Carp

Mylopharyngodon piceus
This large, invasive carp from Asia eats mussels and snails and can damage populations of native mollusks. It is illegal to transport live black carp across state lines.

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Illustration of black hickory compound leaf and fruit.

Black Hickory

Carya texana
Black hickory is also called the Ozark pignut hickory. Its nut, like that of the pignut hickory (Carya glabra), is awfully hard to crack. Because rural Ozarkers noticed their hogs had no trouble extracting the sweet kernels, both species came to be called "pignut hickories."

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Image of a blackspotted topminnow

Blackspotted Topminnow

Fundulus olivaceus
This sleek, swift little fish lives in the quiet, clear sections of rivers mostly south of the Missouri River. Topminnows have a habit of skimming along just beneath the surface of the water.

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