Endangered Species Program
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Featured Species | Purple Bean (07:43)

Host: Sarah Leon with Shane Hanlon

Purple Bean (click to view larger)
purple bean
Photo credit: Dick Biggins/USFWS


Status: Endangered/ Listed on January 10, 1997
Scientific Name: Villosa perpurpurea
Description: The purple bean and rough rabbitsfoot currently surviving in only a few river reaches in the upper Tennessee River system in Tennessee and Virginia.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011