Mussel of the

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31 July 2006

Mussel of the Month

The August 2006 Mussel of the Month is Amblema plicata. Amblema is widespread in eastern North America from the Canadian Interior Basin and the Great Lakes south to the Gulf Coastal Basin.

Amblema plicata
INHS 12149. Middle Fork Vermilion River, 0.75 mi WSW Armstrong,
IL Rt. 49 bridge, Vermilion Co., Illinois. 9 July 1991, J.M. Berlocher & P.A. Ceas!

There is really nothing too special about Amblema plicata, except that it is the number one commercial mussel in the United States. It is a common, widespread freshwater mussel in eastern North America.


Phylum Mollusca
Class Bivalvia
Subclass Palaeoheterodonta
Order Unionoida

Superfamily Unionoidea Rafinesque, 1820

Family Unionidae s.s.
Subfamily Ambleminae Rafinesque, 1820
Tribe Amblemini s.s.

Genus Amblema Rafinesque, 1820

Species Amblema plicata (Say, 1817)

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