Lampsilis teres - (Rafinesque, 1820)
Yellow Sandshell
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Lampsilis teres (Rafinesque, 1820) (TSN 80006)
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.827236
Element Code: IMBIV21240
Informal Taxonomy: Animals, Invertebrates - Mollusks - Freshwater Mussels
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Mollusca Bivalvia Unionoida Unionidae Lampsilis
Genus Size: D - Medium to large genus (21+ species)
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Concept Reference
Concept Reference: Williams, J.D., A.E. Bogan, and J.T. Garner. 2008. Freshwater Mussels of Alabama & the Mobile Basin in Georgia, Mississippi & Tennessee. University of Alabama Press: Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 908 pp.
Concept Reference Code: B08WIL01EHUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Lampsilis teres
Taxonomic Comments: Clench and Turner (1956) recognized the subspecies Lampsilis anodontoides floridensis (Lea, 1852) (= teres floridensis) in the east Gulf drainages, separating it from typical Lampsilis anodontoides (= teres) by its smaller size and thinner shell. However, specimens from the Hillsborough River, the southern most record for Lampsilis, become very large (to 13.7 cm long) and somewhat thickened. Johnson (1970) recognized Lampsilis anodontoides. Johnson (1972), Heard (1979), and Turgeon et al. (1988) recognized Lampsilsi teres. Oesch (1984) recognized both as distinct species. More recently, Turgeon et al. (1998) recognized only Lampsilis teres and Parmalee and Bogan (1998) synonymized Lampsilis teres anodontoides and Lampsilis teres fallaciosa under Lampsilis teres. Lampsilis floridensis has been elevated from the synonymy of Lampsilis teres based on shell morphology and genetic analysis (Williams et al., 2008). As a result, occurrences of what were formerly attributed to Lampsilis teres from the Tampa Bay drainages of Florida west to the Escambia River drainage in Alabama and Florida are now considered Lampsilis floridensis. Because conchological differences exhibited by the putative three subspecies of L. teres (L. teres teres, L. teres anodontoides, and L. teres fallaciosa) appear to represent ecophenotypic variation, the subspecies are not recognized by Turgeon et al. (1998) or Williams et al. (2008).
Conservation Status

NatureServe Status

Global Status: G5
Global Status Last Reviewed: 23Dec2011
Global Status Last Changed: 25Nov1996
Rounded Global Status: G5 - Secure
Reasons: This species is widespread and secure throughout most of its range across the Mississippi drainage.
Nation: United States
National Status: N5 (16Jul1998)

U.S. & Canada State/Province Status
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United States Alabama (S5), Arkansas (S4), Georgia (S5), Illinois (S4), Indiana (S4), Iowa (S2), Kansas (S2S3), Kentucky (S4S5), Louisiana (S5), Minnesota (S1), Mississippi (S5), Missouri (S4), Nebraska (S1), New York (SH), Ohio (S1), Oklahoma (S5), South Dakota (S1), Tennessee (S4S5), Texas (S4), West Virginia (S1), Wisconsin (S1)

Other Statuses

IUCN Red List Category: LC - Least concern
American Fisheries Society Status: Currently Stable (01Jan1993)

NatureServe Global Conservation Status Factors

Range Extent: >2,500,000 square km (greater than 1,000,000 square miles)
Range Extent Comments: This species is found in the Mississippi drainage north to eastern South Dakota, south to northern Mexico, and all of the Gulf drainages from the Mobile basin west to the Rio Grande (Burch, 1975; Parmalee and Bogan, 1998; Williams et al., 2008; Howells et al., 1996). It is known from the Niagara River, New York, in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin; widespread in the Mississippi Basin from southern Minnesota south to Louisiana (Vidrine, 1993), and from the Ohio River drainage in Ohio (Cummings and Mayer, 1992) west to Kansas (Murray and Leonard, 1962). In the Cumberland River drainage it is found downstream of the Obey River (Parmalee and Bogan, 1998) and occurs in the Tennessee River drainage downstream of the Paint Rock River. It is also widespread in Gulf Coast drainages, ranging from the Mobile basin (Johnson, 1999) west to the Rio Grande in Mexico and Texas (Howells et al., 1996).

Area of Occupancy: >12,500 4-km2 grid cells
Area of Occupancy Comments:  

Number of Occurrences: > 300
Number of Occurrences Comments: This species may be extirpated from Minnesota but fresh dead shells from the lower Minnesota River are known (Sietman, 2003). In Illinois, it is declining but still in many drainages in the central part (Cummings and Mayer, 1997; Schanzle and Cummings, 1991). It is in the Wabash (Fisher, 2006), Muscatatuck (Harmon, 1989), and historically the Tippecanoe (Cummings and Berlocher, 1990) in Indiana. In Ohio, it is very rare - last live specimen from Ohio Brush Creek 1988 (Watters, 1992; Watters et al., 2009) but locally common below the Gallipolis Lock and Dam in the Ohio River (Watters, 1995). In Alabama it was found recently from the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa and Greene/Hale Cos. and upper Tombigbee in Sumter and Greene Cos., Alabama (Williams et al., 1992); but is common and throughout the Tennessee drainage and Mobile Basin (Mirarchi, 2004); but unknown from the Tennessee River upstream of the Paint Rock (Ahlstedt, 1996) and from the Tallapoosa River drainiage upstream of the Fall line (Williams et al., 2008). In Mississippi, it occurs in all drainages except the extreme south Coastal (Jones et al., 2005) (including Strong River- Darden et al., 2002). It is widespread and very common in Louisiana, from every major drainage (Vidrine, 1993). It occurs in Arkansas in the Ouachita (Posey et al., 1996; Posey, 1997), Poteau (Vaughn and Spooner, 2004), St. Francis (Ahlstedt and Jenkinson, 1991), Cache and White Rivers (Christian, 1995; Christian et al., 2005; Gordon, 1982; Gordon et al., 1994) and lower Arkansas (Gordon, 1985). In Wisconsin, it is rare in the lower Wisconsin River in only a few sites (Mathiak, 1979). It is rare in South Dakota with reports from the Big Sioux (Skadsen and Perkins, 2000), Vermillion (Backlund, 2000), shells in James (Perkins and Backlund, 2003). In West Virginia, it is in the Middle Ohio River (Taylor and Horn, 1983). In Tennessee, it is widespread and common in the Hatchie River and the Elk, Stones, Duck, Caney Fork, Cumberland, Red, and Tennessee (Kentucky Lake) Rivers (Parmalee and Bogan, 1998). In Kentucky, it is nearly statewide (Cicerello and Schuster, 2003; Gordon, 1991). Oklahoma distribution: "Oklahoma City"; Chickaskia River; Red, Washita, Blue, Lower and Clear Boggy, Kiamichi, Little, North and Deep Fork Canadian, Verdigris (Boeckman and Bidwell, 2008), Neosho, Poteau and Chickaskia Rivers and Cache, Salt, Black Bear, Gar, Caston, Shoofly, Fourteenmile, Pryor and Big Cabin Creeks; Blue, Kiamichi, Glover and Little (Vaughn and Taylor, 1999) Rivers and Beaver (Jefferson Co.), Gates and Pennington Creeks; Mountain Fork (Spooner and Vaughn, 2007); Poteau River and Fourche Maline Creek; Lake Texoma; Big and Middle Caney Rivers; Blue River and Spavinaw Creek (Branson, 1984; Vaughn, 2000). In Kansas, it is scattered in the Neosho, Verdigris, Fall, Spring (Branson, 1966), and Marais des Cygnes basins and historical northeast to the South Fork Big Nemaha (Missouri basin), northwest to the North Fork Smoky Hill (Kansas basin), and west to the Ninnescah (Arkansas basin) (Couch, 1997); and Wakarusa (Tiemann, 2006). In the Little Blue River basin it is known from weathered and subfossil shells in the Kansas and Nebraska portions (Hoke, 2004). In the Big Blue River system of SE Nebraska and NE Kansas, there is sub-fossil material only (mostly Kansas) and may be extirpated (Hoke, 2005). In Texas, it is in all major systems (Howells et al., 1996; Bordelon and Harrel, 2004). In the Rio Grande system from Texas to New Mexico into Mexico, it is known from the Pecos; Las Moras; Elm; Rio Grande drainages (all in Texas); and Rio Salado drainage in Coahuila (Metcalf, 1982) and Nuevo Leon, Mexico (Johnson, 1999); although Mexican occurrences might be extirpated (Howells, 2003).

Population Size: >1,000,000 individuals
Population Size Comments: In the ACF basin, it was recently collected from 67 of 324 sites (100 live, 300 shells) in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia primarily from main channels (Apalachicola, Flint, Chipola, Chattahoochee Rivers) (Brim-Box and Williams, 2000). During surveys of the Village Creek drainage of Hardin, Tyler, and Polk Cos. in southeast Texas in 2001-2002, this species was found in 13 sites (of 22 surveyed) (170 spms.) (Bordelon and Harrel, 2004).

Number of Occurrences with Good Viability/Integrity: Many to very many (41 to >125)
Viability/Integrity Comments: Stable, viable populations occur in Tennessee in the Hatchie River and locally in the Cumberland and Tennessee (Kentucky Lake) Rivers (Parmalee and Bogan, 1998).

Short-term Trend: Relatively Stable (<=10% change)
Short-term Trend Comments: This species historically occurred in the Minnesota River and Mississippi River below St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota, but may be extirpated from that state (Sietman, 2003). It may also be extirpated in northern Mexico (Howells, 2003).

Long-term Trend: Decline of <30% to increase of 25%
Long-term Trend Comments: In Ohio it is extirpated from the state (lower Scioto, Great Miami, Muskingum, most of Ohio Rivers) except one site in lower Ohio Brush Creek (Watters et al., 2009).

Intrinsic Vulnerability: Not intrinsically vulnerable

Environmental Specificity: Broad. Generalist or community with all key requirements common.

Other NatureServe Conservation Status Information

Global Range: (>2,500,000 square km (greater than 1,000,000 square miles)) This species is found in the Mississippi drainage north to eastern South Dakota, south to northern Mexico, and all of the Gulf drainages from the Mobile basin west to the Rio Grande (Burch, 1975; Parmalee and Bogan, 1998; Williams et al., 2008; Howells et al., 1996). It is known from the Niagara River, New York, in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin; widespread in the Mississippi Basin from southern Minnesota south to Louisiana (Vidrine, 1993), and from the Ohio River drainage in Ohio (Cummings and Mayer, 1992) west to Kansas (Murray and Leonard, 1962). In the Cumberland River drainage it is found downstream of the Obey River (Parmalee and Bogan, 1998) and occurs in the Tennessee River drainage downstream of the Paint Rock River. It is also widespread in Gulf Coast drainages, ranging from the Mobile basin (Johnson, 1999) west to the Rio Grande in Mexico and Texas (Howells et al., 1996).

U.S. States and Canadian Provinces

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Endemism: occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations

U.S. & Canada State/Province Distribution
United States AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MN, MO, MS, NE, NY, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI, WV

Range Map
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U.S. Distribution by County Help
State County Name (FIPS Code)
AL Baldwin (01003), Bibb (01007), Blount (01009)*, Clarke (01025), Dallas (01047), Greene (01063), Jefferson (01073), Limestone (01083)*, Lowndes (01085), Madison (01089), Marengo (01091), Marshall (01095), Montgomery (01101), Morgan (01103)*, Perry (01105), Pickens (01107), Shelby (01117), Sumter (01119), Tuscaloosa (01125), Wilcox (01131)
IA Allamakee (19005), Black Hawk (19013), Buchanan (19019), Cedar (19031), Cerro Gordo (19033), Clayton (19043), Clinton (19045), Des Moines (19057), Dickinson (19059), Floyd (19067), Hamilton (19079), Humboldt (19091), Johnson (19103), Linn (19113), Louisa (19115), Mitchell (19131), Muscatine (19139), Sac (19161), Washington (19183), Webster (19187)
IN Bartholomew (18005), Cass (18017), Crawford (18025), Daviess (18027), Dubois (18037), Fountain (18045), Gibson (18051), Greene (18055), Harrison (18061), Jackson (18071), Jefferson (18077), Jennings (18079), Knox (18083), Lawrence (18093), Miami (18103), Montgomery (18107), Owen (18119), Parke (18121), Pike (18125), Posey (18129), Spencer (18147), Sullivan (18153), Tippecanoe (18157), Vermillion (18165), Vigo (18167), Wabash (18169), Warren (18171), Warrick (18173)
KS Allen (20001), Anderson (20003), Atchison (20005), Brown (20013), Chase (20017), Chautauqua (20019), Cherokee (20021), Coffey (20031), Cowley (20035), Crawford (20037), Elk (20049), Franklin (20059), Greenwood (20073), Johnson (20091), Labette (20099), Linn (20107), Lyon (20111), Miami (20121), Montgomery (20125), Neosho (20133), Pawnee (20145), Saline (20169), Shawnee (20177), Wilson (20205), Woodson (20207)
LA Ouachita (22073)
MN Blue Earth (27013), Brown (27015), Carver (27019), Chippewa (27023), Chisago (27025), Dakota (27037), Goodhue (27049), Hennepin (27053), Houston (27055), Le Sueur (27079), Nicollet (27103), Ramsey (27123), Scott (27139), Sibley (27143), Swift (27151), Wabasha (27157), Washington (27163), Yellow Medicine (27173)
NE Burt (31021), Cass (31025), Cedar (31027), Colfax (31037), Cuming (31039)*, Dixon (31051)*, Dodge (31053), Douglas (31055), Gage (31067), Jefferson (31095)*, Lancaster (31109), Nemaha (31127), Otoe (31131), Pawnee (31133), Richardson (31147), Washington (31177)*, Wayne (31179)*
OH Adams (39001), Brown (39015)*, Pike (39131)*, Ross (39141)*, Scioto (39145)
OK Craig (40035), Nowata (40105), Ottawa (40115)
SD Brown (46013), Davison (46035), Hanson (46061), Hutchinson (46067), Union (46127), Yankton (46135)
WI Columbia (55021), Crawford (55023), Dane (55025), Grant (55043), Iowa (55049), Pepin (55091)*, Pierce (55093)*, Richland (55103), Sauk (55111)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
03 Upper Alabama (03150201)+, Cahaba (03150202)+, Middle Alabama (03150203)+, Lower Alabama (03150204)+, Sipsey (03160107)+, Locust (03160111)+*, Upper Black Warrior (03160112)+*, Middle Tombigbee-Chickasaw (03160201)+, Sucarnoochee (03160202)+
05 Lower Scioto (05060002)+*, Ohio Brush-Whiteoak (05090201)+, Upper Wabash (05120101)+, Middle Wabash-Deer (05120105)+, Tippecanoe (05120106)+, Middle Wabash-Little Vermilion (05120108)+, Vermilion (05120109)+, Sugar (05120110)+, Middle Wabash-Busseron (05120111)+, Lower Wabash (05120113)+, Upper White (05120201)+, Lower White (05120202)+, Upper East Fork White (05120206)+, Muscatatuck (05120207)+, Lower East Fork White (05120208)+, Blue-Sinking (05140104)+, Lower Ohio-Little Pigeon (05140201)+
06 Wheeler Lake (06030002)+
07 Twin Cities (07010206)+, Hawk-Yellow Medicine (07020004)+, Chippewa (07020005)+, Middle Minnesota (07020007)+, Blue Earth (07020009)+, Lower Minnesota (07020012)+, Lower St. Croix (07030005)+, Rush-Vermillion (07040001)+, Buffalo-Whitewater (07040003)+, La Crosse-Pine (07040006)+, Coon-Yellow (07060001)+, Grant-Little Maquoketa (07060003)+, Turkey (07060004)+, Lower Wisconsin (07070005)+, Copperas-Duck (07080101)+, Upper Wapsipinicon (07080102)+, Flint-Henderson (07080104)+, South Skunk (07080105)+, Upper Cedar (07080201)+, Shell Rock (07080202)+, Middle Cedar (07080205)+, Lower Cedar (07080206)+, Lower Iowa (07080209)+, Upper Des Moines (07100002)+, Middle Des Moines (07100004)+, Boone (07100005)+, North Raccoon (07100006)+
08 Bayou D'arbonne (08040206)+
10 Upper James (10160003)+, Elm (10160004)+, Mud (10160005)+, Lower James (10160011)+, Lewis and Clark Lake (10170101)+, Lower Big Sioux (10170203)+, Lower Platte-Shell (10200201)+, Salt (10200203)+, Lower Elkhorn (10220003)+*, Logan (10220004)+, Blackbird-Soldier (10230001)+*, Little Sioux (10230003)+, Big Papillion-Mosquito (10230006)+, Boyer (10230007)+, Keg-Weeping Water (10240001)+, Tarkio-Wolf (10240005)+, Little Nemaha (10240006)+, South Fork Big Nemaha (10240007)+, Big Nemaha (10240008)+, Independence-Sugar (10240011)+, Lower Smoky Hill (10260008)+, Middle Kansas (10270102)+, Middle Big Blue (10270202)+, Lower Little Blue (10270207)+*, Upper Marais Des Cygnes (10290101)+, Lower Marais Des Cygnes (10290102)+, Lower Missouri-Crooked (10300101)+
11 Pawnee (11030005)+, Lower Walnut River (11030018)+, Kaw Lake (11060001)+, Upper Verdigris (11070101)+, Fall (11070102)+, Middle Verdigris (11070103)+, Elk (11070104)+, Caney (11070106)+, Neosho headwaters (11070201)+, Upper Cottonwood (11070202)+, Lower Cottonwood (11070203)+, Upper Neosho (11070204)+, Middle Neosho (11070205)+, Lake O' the Cherokees (11070206)+, Spring (11070207)+
+ Natural heritage record(s) exist for this watershed
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed (based on multiple information sources) Help
Ecology & Life History
General Description: See Clench and Turner (1956).
Diagnostic Characteristics: Elongate (2:1 L:H), fairly inflated, yellowish, rayless, and fairly smooth periostracum, white lustrous nacre.
Reproduction Comments: Probably bradytictic (long-term brooder), as are other members of the genus. Rypel (2008) observed the temporal display pattern (pulsating) of mantle flat lures after dark (no display during daytime) in May 2005 at Lake Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa Co., Alabama.
Ecology Comments: The most wide ranging, common, and successful LAMPSILIS species in the region. It is tolerant of reservoirs, and of silt, more so than most other unionids.
Habitat Type: Freshwater
Non-Migrant: N
Locally Migrant: N
Long Distance Migrant: N
Mobility and Migration Comments: Greatest potential during glochidial stage on fish. Adults of this species are essentially sessile. Some passive movement downstream may occur during high flows.
Riverine Habitat(s): BIG RIVER, CREEK, Low gradient, MEDIUM RIVER, Pool
Lacustrine Habitat(s): Shallow water
Special Habitat Factors: Benthic
Habitat Comments: "Lives in sand in either swift or slowly moving water" (Johnson, 1972). "In muddy sand and sand in slight to moderate current and in a few lakes and reservoirs" (Heard, 1979). Occurs in medium-sized creeks to large rivers, often in slower current areas of stream borders. In the ACF basin, over 50% of individuals recently collected were listed as having sand as primary substrate, followed by mud (29%), rock (13%), and silt (4%) (Brim Box and Williams, 2000).
Adult Food Habits: Detritivore
Immature Food Habits: Parasitic
Food Comments: Presumably fine particulate organic matter, primarily detritus, and/or zooplankton, and/or phytoplankton (Fuller, 1974). Larvae (glochidia) of freshwater mussels generally are parasitic on fish and there may be a specificity among some species.
Length: 13.7 centimeters
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
Management Summary Not yet assessed
Population/Occurrence Delineation
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 ( for a complete list of freshwater mussel taxa sorted by flow regime.
Population/Occurrence Viability
U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 01Nov2011
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Author: Cordeiro, J.
Element Ecology & Life History Edition Date: 23Dec2011
Element Ecology & Life History Author(s): Cordeiro, J. (2011); BUTLER, R.S. (1992)

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