Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua - (Conrad, 1836)
White Catspaw
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua (Conrad, 1836) (TSN 80325)
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.108924
Element Code: IMBIV16112
Informal Taxonomy: Animals, Invertebrates - Mollusks - Freshwater Mussels
 
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Mollusca Bivalvia Unionoida Unionidae Epioblasma
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Concept Reference
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Concept Reference: Turgeon, D.D., J.F. Quinn, Jr., A.E. Bogan, E.V. Coan, F.G. Hochberg, W.G. Lyons, P.M. Mikkelsen, R.J. Neves, C.F.E. Roper, G. Rosenberg, B. Roth, A. Scheltema, F.G. Thompson, M. Vecchione, and J.D. Williams. 1998. Common and scientific names of aquatic invertebrates from the United States and Canada: Mollusks. 2nd Edition. American Fisheries Society Special Publication 26, Bethesda, Maryland: 526 pp.
Concept Reference Code: B98TUR01EHUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua
Conservation Status
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NatureServe Status

Global Status: G1T1
Global Status Last Reviewed: 11Dec2007
Global Status Last Changed: 17Mar1998
Rounded Global Status: T1 - Critically Imperiled
Reasons: This species has been reduced to one population that may no longer be viable.
Nation: United States
National Status: N1 (22Jul2003)

U.S. & Canada State/Province Status
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United States Illinois (SNR), Indiana (SX), Kentucky (SX), Michigan (SH), Ohio (S1)

Other Statuses

U.S. Endangered Species Act (USESA): LE: Listed endangered (14Jun1976)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Lead Region: R3 - North Central
IUCN Red List Category: CR - Critically endangered
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Protection Status (CITES): Appendix I
American Fisheries Society Status: Endangered (01Jan1993)

NatureServe Global Conservation Status Factors

Range Extent: <100 square km (less than about 40 square miles)
Range Extent Comments: Historically the entire species was widespread in the Ohio River drainage (Wabash River drainage) that became established in the St. Lawrence River system (Maumee River drainage) during Wisconsin glaciation (USFWS, 1990). Historically, it has been recorded from about a dozen river systems from New York state to Indiana and Lake Erie. Now reproducing populations only exist in one stream (if still extant at all): Fish Creek (a tributary of the St. Joseph River), Indiana (Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua). Johnson (1978) did not differentiate between the two subspecies, and it is difficult to determine the range of these taxa based upon his work. Stansbery believed both subspecies were present in the Wabash River with E. obliquata perobliqua occurring more in the north. The Epioblasma obliquata sulcata of Call (1900) is E. obliquata perobliqua. E. obliquata perobliqua historically occurred in the Great Lakes drainages: Blanchard River, Auglaize River, and Fish Creek in Ohio; St. Mary's River, White River, and upper Wabash River in Indiana; the Maumee River in Ohio and Indiana; Otter Creek River Basin, and Lake St. Clair in Michigan; Detroit River in Michigan and Ontario; Niagara River in New York [later to be determined a specimen of Obovaria olivaria (Strayer and Jirka, 1997)]; and from Lake Erie: Put-in-Bay, Ohio, La Plaisance Bay, and near Stony Creek, Michigan (Johnson, 1978). Occurrences in the Wabash River in Illinois have long been extirpated (Cummings and Mayer, 1997) as have occurrences in the Maumee drainage in Ohio (Grabarkiewicz and Crail, 2006). Cicerello and Schuster (2003) note that it may have occurred in the Ohio River in Kentucky but this was likely Epioblasma obliquata obliquata.

Area of Occupancy: 1-25 4-km2 grid cells
Area of Occupancy Comments:  

Number of Occurrences: 1 - 5
Number of Occurrences Comments: This species was historically widespread in the Ohio River drainage in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama (USFWS, 1990). It has been drastically reduced in range. The only known remaining population of Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua is thought to exist is in Fish Creek, Indiana (USFWS, 1990) and into Williams Co., Ohio (Watters et al., 2009), but has not been seen in over 10 years (Grabarkiewicz and Crail, 2006). A population may also exist in the mainstem of the St. Joseph River in Allen Co., Indiana (Pryor, 2005). Fisher (2006) considers it extirpated from the entire Wabash drainage in Indiana. Because recent survey efforts have been unable to uncover the species, it is currently now considered extirpated in Indiana (IN NHP, pers. comm., 2009).

Population Size: Zero to 250 individuals
Population Size Comments: Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua is thought to be very rare and may be the most imperiled mussel in North America (USFWS, 1990).

Number of Occurrences with Good Viability/Integrity: None (zero)
Viability/Integrity Comments: This species was historically widespread in the Ohio River drainage in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama (USFWS, 1990). It has been drastically reduced in range. The only known remaining population of Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua is thought to exist is in Fish Creek, Indiana (USFWS, 1990), but has not been seen in over 10 years (Grabarkiewicz and Crail, 2006).

Overall Threat Impact: Very high - high
Overall Threat Impact Comments: Smith (1971) ranked the causes of extirpation or declines in fish species as follows: siltation, drainage of bottomland lakes, swamps, and prairie marshes, desiccation during drought, species introductions, pollution, impoundments, and increased water temperatures. All of these factors render habitats unsuitable, cause extirpations, and lead to the isolation of populations thereby increasing their vulnerability to extirpation for many aquatic species (including mussels) throughout North America. Zebra mussels, Dreissena polymorpha, have destroyed mussel populations in the Great Lakes and significantly reduced mussels in many of the large rivers of eastern North America. Zebra mussels have the potential to severely threaten other populations especially if they make their way into smaller streams. Pollution through point (industrial and residential discharge) and non-point (siltation, herbicide and fertilizer run-off) sources is perhaps the greatest on-going threat to this species and most freshwater mussels. Lowered dissolved oxygen content and elevated ammonia levels (frequently associated with agricultural runoff and sewage discharge) have been shown to be lethal to some species of freshwater naiads (Horne and McIntosh, 1979). Residential, mineral and industrial development also pose a significant threat. Rotenone, a toxin used to kill fish in bodies of water for increased sport fishery quality, has been shown to be lethal to mussels as well (Heard, 1970). Destruction of habitat through stream channelization and maintenance and the construction of dams is still a threat in some areas. Impoundments reduce currents that are necessary for basic physiological activities such as feeding, waste removal and reproduction. In addition, reduced water flow typically results in a reduction in water oxygen levels and a settling out of suspended solids (silt, etc.), both of which are detrimental. Dredging of streams has an immediate effect on existing populations by physically removing and destroying individuals. Dredging also affects the long-term recolonization abilities by destroying much of the potential habitat, making the substrates and flow rates uniform throughout the system. Natural predators include raccoons, otter, mink, muskrats, turtles and some birds (Simpson, 1899; Boepple and Coker, 1912; Evermann and Clark, 1918; Coker et al., 1921; Parmalee, 1967; Snyder and Snyder, 1969). Domestic animals such as hogs can root mussel beds to pieces (Meek and Clark, 1912). Fishes, particularly catfish, Ictalurus spp. and Ameirus spp.., and freshwater drum, Aplodinotus grunniens, also consume large numbers of unionids.
USFWS (1990; 1992) summarizes the major threats to the subspecies. Many historic populations were eliminated when river sections they inhabited were impounded (similarly affected host fish). The Green River in Kentucky has experienced water quality problems related to impacts from oil and gas production in the watershed, and commercial mussel fishing has occurred in the watershed in recent years past. Individuals still surviving in the Cumberland River watershed are potentially threatened by gravel dredging, channel maintenance, and commercial mussel fishing (recent past only- incidental take). A fuel spill may have eliminated the last remaining population of Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua.

Short-term Trend: Decline of >50%
Short-term Trend Comments: A recent fuel spill into Fish Creek may have eliminated the last remaining population of Epioblasma obliquata perobliquata.

Long-term Trend: Decline of >90%
Long-term Trend Comments: In Ohio, it is extirpated from all sites (Maumee and Auglaize Rivers) except possibly lower Fish Creek in Williams Co. (Watters et al., 2009).

Environmental Specificity: Narrow. Specialist or community with key requirements common.
Environmental Specificity Comments: The decline in the overall range suggests that this mussel is not tolerant of poor water quality. It is sensitive to pollution, siltation, habitat perturbation, inundation, and loss of glochidial hosts (USFWS, 1990).

Other NatureServe Conservation Status Information

Inventory Needs: Historical distribution is reasonably well known. Given the discovery of the Killbuck Creek population of E. OBLIQUATA OBLIQUATA in 1994 (Hoggarth et al., 1995) additional survey work in areas likely to support this species is warranted. Periodic status surveys are needed to monitor changes in the remaining populations of this mussel.

Distribution
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Global Range: (<100 square km (less than about 40 square miles)) Historically the entire species was widespread in the Ohio River drainage (Wabash River drainage) that became established in the St. Lawrence River system (Maumee River drainage) during Wisconsin glaciation (USFWS, 1990). Historically, it has been recorded from about a dozen river systems from New York state to Indiana and Lake Erie. Now reproducing populations only exist in one stream (if still extant at all): Fish Creek (a tributary of the St. Joseph River), Indiana (Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua). Johnson (1978) did not differentiate between the two subspecies, and it is difficult to determine the range of these taxa based upon his work. Stansbery believed both subspecies were present in the Wabash River with E. obliquata perobliqua occurring more in the north. The Epioblasma obliquata sulcata of Call (1900) is E. obliquata perobliqua. E. obliquata perobliqua historically occurred in the Great Lakes drainages: Blanchard River, Auglaize River, and Fish Creek in Ohio; St. Mary's River, White River, and upper Wabash River in Indiana; the Maumee River in Ohio and Indiana; Otter Creek River Basin, and Lake St. Clair in Michigan; Detroit River in Michigan and Ontario; Niagara River in New York [later to be determined a specimen of Obovaria olivaria (Strayer and Jirka, 1997)]; and from Lake Erie: Put-in-Bay, Ohio, La Plaisance Bay, and near Stony Creek, Michigan (Johnson, 1978). Occurrences in the Wabash River in Illinois have long been extirpated (Cummings and Mayer, 1997) as have occurrences in the Maumee drainage in Ohio (Grabarkiewicz and Crail, 2006). Cicerello and Schuster (2003) note that it may have occurred in the Ohio River in Kentucky but this was likely Epioblasma obliquata obliquata.

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Endemism: endemic to a single nation

U.S. & Canada State/Province Distribution
United States IL, INextirpated, KYextirpated, MI, OH

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U.S. Distribution by County Help
State County Name (FIPS Code)
IN Allen (18003)*, De Kalb (18033)*, Fountain (18045)*, Kosciusko (18085)*, Marion (18097)*, Owen (18119)*, Warren (18171)*
MI Monroe (26115)*, Wayne (26163)*
OH Putnam (39137), Williams (39171)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
04 Lake St. Clair (04090002)+*, Ottawa-Stony (04100001)+*, St. Joseph (04100003)+, St. Marys (04100004)+*, Upper Maumee (04100005)+*, Auglaize (04100007)+
05 Tippecanoe (05120106)+*, Middle Wabash-Little Vermilion (05120108)+*, Upper White (05120201)+*, Lower White (05120202)+*
+ Natural heritage record(s) exist for this watershed
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
Ecology & Life History
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Basic Description: a freshwater mussel
Reproduction Comments: Glochidial hosts have not been determined for Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua.
Habitat Type: Freshwater
Non-Migrant: N
Locally Migrant: N
Long Distance Migrant: N
Riverine Habitat(s): CREEK, MEDIUM RIVER, Moderate gradient, Riffle
Special Habitat Factors: Benthic
Habitat Comments: Inhabits small to moderately large rivers in sand and gravel substrates in riffles.
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
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Management Summary
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Stewardship Overview: This subspecies was listed as federally endangered in the U.S. in 1976.
Biological Research Needs: In order to effectively manage mussel species it is necessary to work out certain life history characteristics first. Because of their unusual life-cycle and dependence on fish for completion of that cycle, it is imperative that the host species for the catspaw be ascertained. Life history studies need to be done to identify age and size at sexual maturity, recruitment success, age class structure, and other important life history parameters.

Research is needed to assess the success of watershed protection on mussel populations. Abundance and distribution of selected species need to be monitored in order to ascertain how species abundances change over time. From that we can assess what land-use changes, conservation practices, and physical/chemical parameters are correlated with, and possibly responsible for, the biological changes.

Population/Occurrence Delineation
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Group Name: Freshwater Mussels

Use Class: Not applicable
Minimum Criteria for an Occurrence: Occurrences are based on some evidence of historical or current presence of single or multiple specimens, including live specimens or recently dead shells (i.e., soft tissue still attached and/or nacre still glossy and iridescent without signs of external weathering or staining), at a given location with potentially recurring existence. Weathered shells constitute a historic occurrence. Evidence is derived from reliable published observation or collection data; unpublished, though documented (i.e. government or agency reports, web sites, etc.) observation or collection data; or museum specimen information.
Mapping Guidance: Based on the separation distances outlined herein, for freshwater mussels in STANDING WATER (or backwater areas of flowing water such as oxbows and sloughs), all standing water bodies with either (1) greater than 2 km linear distance of unsuitable habitat between (i.e. lotic connections), or (2) more than 10 km of apparently unoccupied though suitable habitat (including lentic shoreline, linear distance across water bodies, and lentic water bodies with proper lotic connections), are considered separate element occurrences. Only the largest standing water bodies (with 20 km linear shoreline or greater) may have greater than one element occurrence within each. Multiple collection or observation locations in one lake, for example, would only constitute multiple occurrences in the largest lakes, and only then if there was some likelihood that unsurveyed areas between collections did not contain the element.

For freshwater mussels in FLOWING WATER conditions, occurrences are separated by a distance of more than 2 stream km of unsuitable habitat, or a distance of more than 10 stream km of apparently unoccupied though suitable habitat. Standing water between occurrences is considered suitable habitat when calculating separation distance for flowing water mussel species unless dispersal barriers (see Separation Barriers) are in place.

Several mussel species in North America occur in both standing and flowing water (see Specs Notes). Calculation of separation distance and determination of separation barriers for these taxa should take into account the environment in which the element was collected. Juvenile mussels do not follow this pattern and juveniles are typically missed by most standard sampling methods (Hastie and Cosgrove, 2002; Neves and Widlak, 1987), therefore juvenile movement is not considered when calculating separation distance.

Separation Barriers: Separation barriers within standing water bodies are based solely on separation distance (see Separation Distance-suitable, below). Separation barriers between standing water bodies and within flowing water systems include lack of lotic connections, natural barriers such as upland habitat, absence of appropriate species specific fish hosts, water depth greater than 10 meters (Cvancara, 1972; Moyle and Bacon, 1969) or anthropogenic barriers to water flow such as dams or other impoundments and high waterfalls.
Separation Distance for Unsuitable Habitat: 2 km
Separation Distance for Suitable Habitat: 10 km
Alternate Separation Procedure: None
Separation Justification: Adult freshwater mussels are largely sedentary spending their entire lives very near to the place where they first successfully settled (Coker et al., 1921; Watters, 1992). Strayer (1999) demonstrated in field trials that mussels in streams occur chiefly in flow refuges, or relatively stable areas that displayed little movement of particles during flood events. Flow refuges conceivably allow relatively immobile mussels to remain in the same general location throughout their entire lives. Movement occurs with the impetus of some stimulus (nearby water disturbance, physical removal from the water such as during collection, exposure conditions during low water, seasonal temperature change or associated diurnal cycles) and during spawning. Movement is confined to either vertical movement burrowing deeper into sediments though rarely completely beneath the surface, or horizontal movement in a distinct path often away from the area of stimulus. Vertical movement is generally seasonal with rapid descent into the sediment in autumn and gradual reappearance at the surface during spring (Amyot and Downing, 1991; 1997). Horizontal movement is generally on the order of a few meters at most and is associated with day length and during times of spawning (Amyot and Downing, 1997). Such locomotion plays little, if any, part in the distribution of freshwater mussels as these limited movements are not dispersal mechanisms. Dispersal patterns are largely speculative but have been attributed to stream size and surface geology (Strayer, 1983; Strayer and Ralley, 1993; van der Schalie, 1938), utilization of flow refuges during flood stages (Strayer, 1999), and patterns of host fish distribution during spawning periods (Haag and Warren, 1998; Watters, 1992). Lee and DeAngelis (1997) modeled the dispersal of freshwater into unoccupied habitats as a traveling wave front with a velocity ranging from 0.87 to 2.47 km/year (depending on mussel life span) with increase in glochidial attachment rate to fish having no effect on wave velocity.

Nearly all mussels require a host or hosts during the parasitic larval portion of their life cycle. Hosts are usually fish, but a few exceptional species utilize amphibians as hosts (Van Snik Gray et al., 2002; Howard, 1915) or may metamorphose without a host (Allen, 1924; Barfield et al., 1998; Lefevre and Curtis, 1911; 1912). Haag and Warren (1998) found that densities of host generalist mussels (using a variety of hosts from many different families) and displaying host specialists (using a small number of hosts usually in the same family but mussel females have behavioral modifications to attract hosts to the gravid female) were independent of the densities of their hosts. Densities of non-displaying host specialist mussels (using a small number of hosts usually in the same family but without host-attracting behavior) were correlated positively with densities of their hosts. Upstream dispersal of host fish for non-displaying host specialist mussels could, theoretically, transport mussel larvae (glochidia) over long distances through unsuitable habitat, but it is unlikely that this occurs very often. D. Strayer (personal communication) suggested a distance of at least 10 km, but a greater distance between occurrences may be necessary to constitute genetic separation of populations. As such, separation distance is based on a set, though arbitrary, distance between two known points of occurrence.

Date: 18Oct2004
Author: Cordeiro, J.
Notes: Contact Jay Cordeiro (jay_cordeiro@natureserve.org) for a complete list of freshwater mussel taxa sorted by flow regime.
Population/Occurrence Viability
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U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
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Authors/Contributors
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NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 06Dec2006
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Author: Cordeiro, J. (2006); Cummings, K. S. (1998)
Element Ecology & Life History Edition Date: 01Apr1998

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