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  • Four half mussel shells. The interior of the shells are irodescent pink/purple while the outisde are striated with brown and orange markings.
    Information icon Purple cat’s paw mussels. Female specemin on top, male on bottom. Photo by Monte A. McGregor, Ph D., KYDFWR.

    ‘From the brink’

    October 4, 2017 | 6 minute read

    You cannot talk with biologists about mussels without delving into the shelled creatures’ sex lives. We’re not discussing impassioned grappling on a stream bed, either. No. For mussels to thrive, they need more inducement than a come-hither glance, the music of moving water. Sometimes they need scientists — one in a snorkeling mask, another with a mixture containing rabbit blood. Let us go to Killbuck Creek, an Ohio stream that curls through wood and field until it finds the Wahonding River, a tributary of the Ohio River.  Learn more...


  • The bright purple interior of two purple cat’s paw mussels on a leaf strewn bank
    Information icon Purple cat’s paw mussels. Photo by USFWS.

    Purple cat’s paw

    The Purple cat’s paw is one of the rarest freshwater mussels and was considered to be on the brink of extinction. It was listed as endangered in 1990 when some live adults were found but were too old to reproduce.  Visit the species profile...

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