Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

Featured Species | Northern Riffleshell (04:57)

Host: Sarah Leon with Bob Anderson

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Northern riffleshell.
Photo credit: USFWS


Status: Endangered/ Listed on January 22, 1993
Scientific Name: Epioblasma torulosa rangiana
Description: Northern riffleshell, typical of many freshwater mussels, are sensitive to siltation, residential and commercial pollution, agricultural run-off, channelization, impoundments, and competition with zebra mussel. Rivers than can support a reproducing population of northern riffleshells probably has good water quality and a healthy watershed.
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Last updated: August 31, 2012