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Freshwater Mussels

 
 
Escambia River near Mystic Spring, Florida

The rivers that flow into the eastern Gulf of Mexico historically supported 58 species of freshwater mussels.  Nearly 70% are endemic to (found only in) these systems.

16 listed mussels and 7 at risk mussels occur in river systems from the Escambia River east to the Suwannee River.   The decline of these mussel populations are due to the loss and degradation of riverine habitat as a result of sedimentation, water pollution, reduced flows, dredging,  and other impacts.

Escambia River near Mystic Spring, Florida
Credit: M.M. Gangloff


8 Mussels Listed in 2012


7 Mussels Listed in 1998
   


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High density site Apalachicola River, Florida
 

Small southern kidneyshell
High density site
Apalachicola River, Florida
Credit: FWS
  Small southern kidneyshell
Pea River, Alabama
Credit: M.M. Gangloff



 

Last updated: November 24, 2014