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Higgins eye pearlymussel (Lampsilis higginsii)

 
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These Higgins eye pearlymussels were marked and then replaced in the river. We use the rate at which we retrieve marked mussels during future surveys to estimate population size and other life history and demographic variables.

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Status: Endangered, listed June 14, 1976

 

Habitat: Mississippi River and some of its larger northern tributaries (i.e., St. Croix and Wisconsin Rivers) in gravel or sand

 

Lead Region: 3

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Twin Cities Field Office

 

Range: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

 

Listen to a podcast!

Sarah Leon talks to recovery champion Marian Smith, Ph.D about the life history and conservation of this rare midwest plant.

 

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Natural History, Ecology, and Regulatory Information

Species Profile linked to the National USFWS Endangered Species website

 

Species Overview linked to the National USFWS Endangered Species website


Fact Sheet: Higgins eye pearlymussel

 

Recovery

August 17, 2012: Releasing Captive-Reared Mussels into the Mississippi

 

Winter's Landing (Pool 7) Lampsilis higginsii Secondary Habitat Area Monitoring (856 KB) 2010 - - MN DNR Report to the St. Paul District Corps of Engineers

 

Lampsilis higginsii and Quadrula fragosa recovery project Genoa National Fish Hatchery (446 KB) 2010

 

Sturgeon Lake, Mississippi River Pool 3 Lampsilis higginsii Reintroduction Site Monitoring (975 KB) 2010 - - MN DNR Report to the St. Paul District Corps of Engineers

 

Wisconsin Channel, Mississippi River Pool 4 Lampsilis higginsii Reintroduction Area Monitoring (336 KB) 2010 - - MN DNR Report to the St. Paul District Corps of Engineers

 

Higgins Eye Spotlight Species Action Plan - October 1, 2009 (PDF)

 

Higgins eye (Lampsilis higginsii) Essential Habitat Areas: 2008 Review and Addition of New EHAs (Sept. 2008)

 

Higgins eye pearlymussel 5 Year Review (May 2006)


Higgins eye pearlymussel recovery plan: first revision - PDF May 2004

 

Propagation and Restoration of Higgins’ Eye Pearlymussels in the Upper Mississippi River Basin - Partnership Efforts and Achievements in 2000-2001 (16-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon

 

Fact Sheet: Saving the Higgins' eye Pearlymussel - Propagation at Genoa National Fish Hatchery (May 2001)

 

Section 7 Consultation

Fact Sheet: Upper Mississippi River Section 7 Consultation

 

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Last updated: April 14, 2014