1 September 2006 Freshwater mussel (Bivalvia: Unionidae) survey of the Wakarusa River basin, Kansas
Jeremy S. Tiemann
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Sixty years have past since the last extensive freshwater mussel (Bivalvia: Unionidae) survey of the Wakarusa River basin. During that time, the basin has experienced substantial changes, including construction of a reservoir. To determine what changes might have occurred in the freshwater mussel assemblage since the last survey, I sampled freshwater mussels by hand grabbing in a haphazard manner at 28 sites in the summer of 2004. Of the 27 species historically known from the basin, I collected 39 live individuals representing nine species in 52 man-hours, including one Truncilla donaciformis, which is listed as species-in-need-of-conservation by the state of Kansas; I also found valves of an additional four species. Six sites had live individuals, and valves were found at an additional ten sites. I did not find the exotic Dreissena polymorpha, which recently has become established in Kansas in the Walnut River basin.

Jeremy S. Tiemann "Freshwater mussel (Bivalvia: Unionidae) survey of the Wakarusa River basin, Kansas," Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 109(3), 221-230, (1 September 2006). https://doi.org/10.1660/0022-8443(2006)109[221:FMBUSO]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 September 2006
Clinton Reservoir
Kansas River
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