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Meet our West Fork White River's Freshwater Mussels

Our Muncie Sanitary District's Bureau of Water Quality reports 21 species of mussels found in West Fork White River in Delaware County, with 70 total native species documented throughout Indiana. 

Freshwater mussels are considered to be (one of) the most endangered animals in North America. 

Our river is also home to two invasive mussel species: Zebra Mussel (Dreissena fluminea) & Asiatic Clam (Corbicula fluminea). More on these later.

WHITE HEELSPLITTER

Lasmigona complanata

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White Heelsplitter; illustrated by Kortnie Huffman

FIRST, A QUICK SAFETY CHECK:

don't move a mussel!

The Endangered Species Act protects our native mussel populations from take – it's illegal to harm, harass, or touch freshwater mussels (& their shells). So, leave them be in our waterways!

SOURCES & HELPFUL LINKS

Muncie Sanitary District's Bureau of Water Quality

 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

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