- Scientific name:
- Largest known
specimen: 4.6" in length, 1.56" in width, and 2.7" in
to dark brown in color with greenish-brown or black rays on younger
- The inside surface
(the nacre) is a pearly white to a bluish white, fading into orange
Significance to the
- Stream quality
- Mussels are nature's
water filters. They clean sediment out of the river as a natural process.
When pollution and extreme runoff of soil into the river kills them,
the water becomes even more murky and dirty. This leads to problems
for other species in the river.