Freshwater mussels occur in a variety of aquatic ecosystems worldwide but nowhere is mussel species richness as high as is reported in North America. With nearly 300 recorded species in the U.S., mussels are key components of freshwater biodiversity playing a vital role in benthic communities. Ecologically important in biological processing and nutrient cycling, mussels are also an important food item for a variety of mammals including mink, otter, and raccoon. In addition to ecological importance, freshwater mussels have been economically important in the production of cultured pearls.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Poole, K. Elizabeth
"Letter to the Editor - Conservation of Freshwater Mussels in Iowa,"
The Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS: Vol. 112:
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol112/iss3/3