Resources for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
|Sustaining America's Aquatic Biodiversity - Freshwater Mussel Biodiversity and Conservation||
Nearly 300 species of mussels inhabit freshwater rivers, streams, and lakes in the United States. This is the richest diversity of mussels found in the world and an extraordinary natural heritage that needs protection. Because of the lustrous, pearl-like interior of the shells, some of these pearly mussels have important commercial value in the cultured pearl and jewelry industry.
|Jan 7, 2020||420-523 (CNRE-80P)|