government, and it is now considered critically endangered. The mussel is usually less than four inches in length and width. It possesses a dark brown outer shell.
Its inner shell is bluish white to purple with an iridescent appearance. The shell is unique to mussels being inflated and also possessing approximately 7-9 prominent parallel ridges.
It is a filter feeder. Food particles become trapped when filtered through and are eventually ingested. Currently the population of these mussels is declining. This is due to critical
people and plants along the rivers, the disappearance of host fish and the introduction of other animals such as the Asian Clam have aided in their decline in population. This specific
mussel has never gotten much attention due to its physical profile that blends in with the usual muddy background and its poor motor skills. Even being added to the endangered
species act did not bring much attention to this specific mussel.