Threats to Freshwater Mussels

March 9, 2012

Freshwater mussel species, with names such as ‘fatmucket,’ ‘bank climber,’ and ‘heelsplitter,’ are critical to river ecosystems. But, many species are in trouble. Nearly 70% of freshwater mussel species are considered threatened in some way, according to zoologist Caryn Vaughn at the University of Oklahoma.  credit:  NSF

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