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Figure 16. Stocking glochidia inoculated fish into the Iowa River, Iowa. Host fish are obtained from a fish hatchery or collected in the wild from the Iowa River. Laboratory equipment is set up in the field and glochidia collected from female Higgins’ eye pearlymussels. Glochidia are inserted into the gills of larger host fish with a pipette; smaller host fish are inoculated in a bucket containing glochidia. Host fish are released into the Iowa River and in approximately 2 - 4 weeks glochidia transform, fall off the gills of the host fish, and settle to the river bottom as juveniles. (photos courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Figure 16. Stocking glochidia inoculated fish into the Iowa River, Iowa. Host fish are obtained from a fish hatchery or collected in the wild from the Iowa River. Laboratory equipment is set up in the field and glochidia collected from female Higgins’ eye pearlymussels. Glochidia are inserted into the gills of larger host fish with a pipette; smaller host fish are inoculated in a bucket containing glochidia. Host fish are released into the Iowa River and in approximately 2 - 4 weeks glochidia transform, fall off the gills of the host fish, and settle to the river bottom as juveniles. (photos courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
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