Photo by Bob Gress
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Actinonaias ligamentina

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State Status:

  • Range: Kansas range map for the Mucket
    Dark Blue = Counties with designated critical habitat
    Light Blue = Historical records
    A detailed range map may be found in the Mussel Bed
  • Comments: This smooth, nondescript-looking shell is one of the rarest in Kansas occurring only in the lower Marais des Cygnes River. The heavy specimens appear to be old and well-worn. The shells are typically yellowish-brown with wide, greenish rays. There are many fish hosts for the mucket. These include the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, orange-spotted sunfish, white bass, black crappie, white crappie, sauger and tadpole madtom. The female mucket usually releases her larval mussels (glochidia) in June.

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