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Freshwater Mussels

North America is home to nearly 300 species of freshwater mussels. Of those 300 species 70% are either extinct, endangered, threatened, or of special concern at either the state or federal level.

Texas Freshwater Mussel Information

Texas hosts more than 50 species of native freshwater mussels.

 

Mussel Larva Dispersal

Freshwater mussel larvae, called glochidia, are parasitic on the gills of fishes.  The female uses a worm-like or prey-mimic lobe of the mantle to lure a suitable host close enough to discharge the glochidia into the mouth, where they can attach to the gills, as in this Youtube video.

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