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Rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica)

Status: Threatened


Rabbitsfoot mussel

Photo by USFWS; Georgia Parham


Status: Threatened - - Proposed Critical Habitat 


Habitat: Rivers


Lead Region: 4


Region 3 Lead Office:  Columbia, Missouri Field Office


Range: AL, AR, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, OH, OK, PA, TN

The rabbitsfoot, a freshwater mussel, is a threatened species. It is found in rivers and streams in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia. We estimate that it has been lost from about 64 percent of its historical range. While 51 of 140 historical populations are still present, only 11 populations are viable; 23 populations are at risk of extirpation and 17 populations do not seem to be reproducing at a level that can sustain the populations. Most of the existing rabbitsfoot populations are marginal to small and isolated.


Final Critical Habitat Designated

News Release: Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for Two Freshwater Mussels in 12 States (April 29, 2015)


Final Rule (PDF)


Critical Habitat in the Midwest - Maps






Critical Habitat Portal - view a map or download shapefiles


Fact Sheet


Listing and Critical Habitat Information


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Last updated: January 17, 2018