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Freshwater Mussel

Freshwater Mussel

various species
 
Status: 24 species endangered in Ohio (ODW); six of those species also on federal endangered list (USFWS)
Range: Worldwide
Freshwater mussels, which serve as vital freshwater filters, are the most endangered group of animals in North America. They are threatened by habitat loss and degradation and competition with invasive species. Scientists from the Wilds are working to better understand how these threats affect mussel health. Not viewable on Safari tour.