Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Potamilus alatus: Pink Heelsplitter

Found this dead specimen a year or two ago while installing some equipment in a Cannon River tributary. I set it in my garage. Now doing a little looking at mussels here and there, and I got to thinking about this pink shell resting on a wooden shelf out there in the dark. So I cleaned it up a bit and brought it in to work so I could stare at something good now and then.

99% sure I have the specie right. Check the literature on it - some excerpts below from MN DNR's Mike Davis (public info). Dependent on the freshwater drum for reproduction (Google: mussel reproduction to check the cycle).




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Either way it is pretty cool looking.

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Right on. The heelsplitter has been sitting on my desk since that photo.

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