A medium sized mussel from the Unionidae family. They burrow into silt, mud and sand and filter the water around them, their diet however includes a vast array of micro organism including small planktonic animals and algae.
I will be attempting to breed these mussels but the spawns called glochidia parasite upon fish; this is actually harmless to the fish and after a few weeks on engorging upon the mucus layer of the fish they drop off, leaving both fish and glochidia happy, i will be buying some gold fish to do this with and they will be monitored at all times while i observe the first cycle.
Many aquarists buy and keep Unionidae mussels and all of these have originally parasites upon fish.
I often post photos pertaining to aquatic biodiversity and conservation as this has been an area of my work for 20 years. This post is to highlight three great publications on the southeastern US freshwater mussel fauna, and globally the most species rich. 300 species are known from North America. Alabama has 178 of these species, more than any other state. We are also at the forefront for extinctions and imperilment 🙁. Within the pages of these three books is a mega-wealth of info on this incredible invertebrate groups. Mussels actually are much more complex than being mud-sucking rocks 😉. #freshwatermussels#unionidae#aquaticbiodiversity#aquaticconservation#southeasternaquaticfauna