Monday, October 21, 2019

Texas mussels

I know NOTHING about Texas freshwater mussels or their biology. So I especially enjoyed attending "Livers of the Rivers" presented by biologist Ryan Blankenship at last weekend's Texas Master Naturalist state conference. 

I took some photos of specimens Ryan brought so you can see the diversity in size and shape. Each specimen photo is followed by a photo of its name printed inside the shell. There's also a photo of basic mussel regulations and two resources on the subject.  

Here's a checklist of Texas freshwater mussels on iNaturalist.  And here's a great resource from Texas A&M about freshwater mussels in Texas.

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