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Featured Species | Higgins eye pearlymussel (09:18)

Host: Sarah Leon with Phil Delphey

Higgins eye pearlymussel (click to view larger)
Higgins eye pearlymussel
Photo credit: USFWS


Status: Endangered/ Listed on June 14, 1976
Scientific Name: Lampsilis higginsii
Description: The Higgins eye is a freshwater mussel of larger rivers where it is usually found in areas with deep water and moderate currents. Its range includes the upper Mississippi River, the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin, and the lower Rock River between Illinois and Iowa.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011