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Southeastern mussels

The species profiles below are a one-stop-shop for information about the mussels the Service's Southeast region is responsible for protecting and/or recovering.

  • Three tiny orange mussels with short pointy protruberances.
    Information icon Tar River spinymussels. Photo by Chris Eads, NC State University.

    Tar River spinymussel

    The Tar River spinymussel is one of only three freshwater mussels with spines in the world. A federally-endangered freshwater mussel and a North Carolina endemic species.  Visit the species profile...

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.
    Information icon Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

    Yellow lance

    The Yellow lance is a freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels.  Visit the species profile...

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