Species Information

Class of Bivalvia (Mussels)


US STATUS DEFINITIONS      KENTUCKY STATUS DEFINITIONS

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106 species are listed.
Scientific Name
and Life History
Common Name and Pictures Class US Status KY Status WAP List County List Quad
Pisidium adamsi Adam PeaclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Corbicula fluminea Asian ClamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Plectomerus dombeyanus BankclimberBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Ligumia recta Black SandshellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Potamilus purpuratus BleuferBivalviaNE YesCountyQuad
Ellipsaria lineolata ButterflyBivalviaNN YesCountyQuad
Epioblasma obliquata obliquata CatspawBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Pleurobema clava ClubshellBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Lasmigona compressa Creek HeelsplitterBivalviaNE YesCountyQuad
Strophitus undulatus CreeperBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Villosa trabalis Cumberland BeanBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Alasmidonta atropurpurea Cumberland ElktoeBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Medionidus conradicus Cumberland MoccasinshellBivalviaNN YesCountyQuad
Anodontoides denigratus Cumberland PapershellBivalviaNE YesCountyQuad
Epioblasma brevidens Cumberlandian CombshellBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Anodontoides ferussacianus Cylindrical PapershellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Mytilopsis leucophaeata Dark FalsemusselBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Truncilla truncata DeertoeBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Dromus dromas Dromedary PearlymusselBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Fusconaia ebena EbonyshellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Elliptio crassidens ElephantearBivalviaNN YesCountyQuad
Alasmidonta marginata ElktoeBivalviaNT YesCountyQuad
Sphaerium corneum European FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Cyprogenia stegaria FanshellBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Potamilus capax Fat PocketbookBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Lampsilis siliquoidea FatmucketBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Truncilla donaciformis FawnsfootBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Anodonta suborbiculata Flat FloaterBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Ptychobranchus subtentum Fluted KidneyshellBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Lasmigona costata FlutedshellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Leptodea fragilis Fragile PapershellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Pyganodon grandis Giant FloaterBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Pisidium dubium Greater Eastern PeaclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Lasmigona subviridis Green FloaterBivalviaNN YesCountyQuad
Sphaerium simile Grooved FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Quadrula nobilis Gulf MapleleafBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Sphaerium occidentale Herrington FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Obovaria olivaria HickorynutBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Villosa ortmanni Kentucky CreekshellBivalviaNT YesCountyQuad
Ptychobranchus fasciolaris KidneyshellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Musculium lacustre Lake FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Toxolasma parvus LilliputBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Villosa lienosa Little SpectaclecaseBivalviaNS YesCountyQuad
Pegias fabula Littlewing PearlymusselBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Musculium transversum Long FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Fusconaia subrotunda subrotunda LongsolidBivalviaNN YesCountyQuad
Quadrula quadrula MapleleafBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Quadrula metanevra MonkeyfaceBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Eupera cubensis Mottled FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Villosa vanuxemensis vanuxemensis Mountain CreekshellBivalviaNT YesCountyQuad
Actinonaias ligamentina MucketBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Epioblasma torulosa rangiana Northern RiffleshellBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Pleurobema cordatum Ohio PigtoeBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Plethobasus cooperianus Orangefoot PimplebackBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Epioblasma capsaeformis Oyster MusselBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Villosa taeniata Painted CreekshellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Utterbackia imbecillis Paper PondshellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Pisidium punctatum Perforated PeaclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Actinonaias pectorosa PheasantshellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Quadrula pustulosa pustulosa PimplebackBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Potamilus alatus Pink HeelsplitterBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Lampsilis abrupta Pink MucketBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Potamilus ohiensis Pink PapershellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Quadrula verrucosa PistolgripBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Lampsilis cardium Plain PocketbookBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Lampsilis ovata PocketbookBivalviaNE YesCountyQuad
Musculium securis Pond FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Uniomerus tetralasmus PondhornBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Ligumia subrostrata PondmusselBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Toxolasma lividum Purple LilliputBivalviaNE YesCountyQuad
Cyclonaias tuberculata Purple WartybackBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Pleurobema rubrum Pyramid PigtoeBivalviaNE YesCountyQuad
Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica RabbitsfootBivalviaTT YesCountyQuad
Villosa iris RainbowBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Sphaerium rhomboideum Rhomboid FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Pisidium compressum Ridgedbeak PeaclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Obovaria retusa Ring PinkBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Sphaerium fabale River FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Arcidens confragosus Rock PocketbookBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Pleurobema plenum Rough PigtoeBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Obovaria subrotunda Round HickorynutBivalviaNN YesCountyQuad
Pleurobema sintoxia Round PigtoeBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Simpsonaias ambigua Salamander MusselBivalviaNT YesCountyQuad
Plethobasus cyphyus SheepnoseBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Alasmidonta viridis Slippershell MusselBivalviaNN YesCountyQuad
Epioblasma triquetra SnuffboxBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Quadrula apiculata Southern MapleleafBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Cumberlandia monodonta SpectaclecaseBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Elliptio dilatata SpikeBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Pisidium punctiferum Striate PeaclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Sphaerium striatinum Striated FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Musculium partumeium Swamp FingernailclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Epioblasma florentina walkeri Tan RiffleshellBivalviaEE YesCountyQuad
Pleurobema oviforme Tennessee ClubshellBivalviaNE YesCountyQuad
Toxolasma texasense Texas LilliputBivalviaNE YesCountyQuad
Obliquaria reflexa Threehorn WartybackBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Amblema plicata ThreeridgeBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Pisidium variabile Triangular PeaclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Pisidium casertanum Ubiquitous PeaclamBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Fusconaia flava Wabash PigtoeBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Quadrula nodulata WartybackBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Megalonaias nervosa WashboardBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Lampsilis fasciola Wavyrayed LampmusselBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Lasmigona complanata complanata White HeelsplitterBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Lampsilis teres Yellow SandshellBivalviaNN CountyQuad
Dreissena polymorpha Zebra MusselBivalviaNN CountyQuad