Species Accounts: Information About Mussels

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Native Species


Common Name
Scientific Name

Black Sandshell
Ligumia recta
Buckhorn
Tritogonia verrucosa
Bullhead
Plethobasus cyphyus
Butterfly
Ellipsaria lineolata
Creek Heelsplitter
Lasmigona compressa
Creeper
Strophitus undulatus
Cylindrical Papershell
Anodontoides ferussacianus
Deertoe
Truncilla truncata
Eastern Elliptio
Elliptio complanata
Eastern Floater
Pyganodon cataracta
Ebony Shell
Fusconaia ebena
Elephant Ear
Elliptio crassidens
Elktoe
Alasmidonta marginata
Ellipse
Venustaconcha ellipsiformis
Fat Pocketbook
Potamilus capax
Fatmucket
Lampsilis siliquoidea
Fawnsfoot
Truncilla donaciformis
Flat Floater
Anodonta suborbiculata
Fluted-shell
Lasmigona costata
Fragile Papershell
Leptodea fragilis
Giant Floater
Pyganodon grandis
Hickorynut
Obovaria olivaria
Higgins' Eye
Lampsilis higginsii
Lake Floater
Pyganodon lacustris
Lilliput
Toxolasma parvus
Mapleleaf
Quadrula quadrula
Monkeyface
Quadrula metanevra
Mucket
Actinonaias ligamentina
Paper Pondshell
Utterbackia imbecillis
Pimpleback
Quadrula pustulosa
Pink Heelsplitter
Potamilus alatus
Pink Papershell
Potamilus ohiensis
Plain Pocketbook
Lampsilis cardium
Purple Wartyback
Cyclonaias tuberculata
Rainbow Shell
Villosa iris
Rock Pocketbook
Arcidens confragosus
Round Pigtoe
Pleurobema sintoxia
Salamander Mussel
Simpsonaias ambigua
Scaleshell
Leptodea leptodon
Slippershell Mussel
Alasmidonta viridis
Snuffbox
Epioblasma triquetra
Spectacle Case
Cumberlandia monodonta
Spike
Elliptio dilatata
Threehorn Wartyback
Obliquaria reflexa
Threeridge
Amblema plicata
Wabash Pigtoe
Fusconaia flava
Wartyback
Quadrula nodulata
Washboard
Megalonaias nervosa
White Heelsplitter
Lasmigona complanata
Winged Mapleleaf
Quadrula fragosa
Yellow & Slough Sandshells
Lampsilis teres

Exotic/Introduced Species


Asian Clam
Corbicula fluminea
Zebra Mussel
Dreissena polymorpha



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