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2005 Highlights: The Saline River in Arkansas likely contains the largest known population of winged mapleleaf; 27 were found in a search of 28 quadrats in summer 2005. In early November 2005, 7 gravid females were collected (in 15 minutes!) and taken to Chris Barnhart at Missouri State to confirm the hosts for the southern populations.

Subadult Higgins eye pearlymussels

Subadult Higgins eye pearlymussels

Female winged mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa) showing their display.  Top photo was taken of an individual from the St. Croix River, Minnesota.  Bottom photo was taken from the Saline River, Arkansas in November, 2005.  Photos by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


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Last updated on December 21, 2006
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