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Arcuate pearly mussel

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Unionoida
Genus  Epioblasma
Higher classification  Epioblasma
Phylum  Mollusca
Family  Unionidae
Scientific name  Epioblasma flexuosa
Rank  Species
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Similar  Epioblasma, Arc‑form pearly mussel, Acorn pearly mussel, Molluscs, Cumberland leafshell

The arcuate pearly mussel or leafshell, Epioblasma flexuosa, was a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels. This species was endemic to the United States, where it was found in the major drainages of the Ohio River, including the Cumberland, Tennessee, and Wabash Rivers. Its natural habitat was flowing water.

Like most other members of this sensitive genus, it became extinct early after industrialization due to habitat loss and pollution. The last living individual was seen in the year 1900.

It appears to be most closely related to Epioblasma lewisii, which is also now extinct.

References

Arcuate pearly mussel Wikipedia


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