Photo by Edwin Miller
used by permission

Ellipsaria lineolata

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State Status:

  • Range: Kansas range map for the Butterfly
    Dark Blue = Counties with designated critical habitat
    Light Blue = Historical records
    A detailed range map may be found in the Mussel Bed
  • Comments: A dazzling golden-yellow shell with dark broken lines characterizes the freshwater mussel named the butterfly. The overall shape resembles a resting butterfly. The male is flatter than the female. The shell was once valuable in the button industry. Butterfly mussels reportedly are disappearing from many areas where they formerly were found. A few still inhabit the best mussel sites of the Fall, Verdigris, Neosho and Marais des Cygnes rivers. The fish hosts for the butterfly represent three different families of native fish and include freshwater drum, green sunfish and sauger.

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