Rock Island Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


Kraig McPeek

Field Office Supervisor


Rock Island Field Office

Ecological Services
1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

Phone: 309-757-5800
Fax: 309-757-5807
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Fish and Wildlife Service Designates

Critical Habitat for Two Freshwater

Mussels in 12 States - Including Illinois

This rabbitsfoot, a freshwater mussel, was found in the

Tippecanoe River in Indiana.

Photo by Georgia Parham


April 29, 2015


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized critical habitat designations for the Neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot mussels in rivers of 12 states under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In the Midwest, the rabbitsfoot is found in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio; the Neosho mucket is found in Missouri.


The final designations are smaller than those proposed nearly three years ago. The Service altered the critical habitat designations after receiving new relevant information from a number of people and organizations. The final designations result in a net reduction of about two river miles for Neosho mucket and 217 river miles for rabbitsfoot. Both species of freshwater mussels are found in river systems in the eastern half of the United States and are indicators of clean water and healthy rivers. Today’s decision finalizes a proposal released in 2012 and includes the final economic analysis associated with the critical habitat designations.


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