An intact fluvial ecosystem can support a wide range of shell shape and color! There are 14 species in this image.
The rainbow mussel, Villosa iris, inhabiting the stream bottom.
Clinch River Mussels
The shiny pigtoe, Fusconaia cor
Federally Endangered shiny pigtoe, Fusconaia cor, in the Clinch River
The Clinch River by Kayak
The James spinymussel, Pluerobema collina, inhabiting a Rivanna River tributary stream bottom
Young James spinymussel with a spine observed in a Rivanna River tributary. This mussel was no more than 3 years old and only 24 mm in length (just under 1 inch).
Snorkeling a beautiful James River tributary in the western mountains of Virginia
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