Biology and Earth Science Faculty Scholarship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1995

Publication Title

The Ohio Journal of Science

Publisher

Ohio Academy of Science

Keywords

Purple Catspaw, Epioblasma Obliquata Obliquata, Killbuck Creek, Ohio, Unionidae

Abstract

Discovery of the purple catspaw, Epioblasma obliquata obliquata, in Killbuck Creek, Coshocton County, OH, is reported. This subspecies of unionid mollusc was thought to have been extirpated from the state in the mid to late 1800s and was known only from two nonreproductive populations in Kentucky and Tennessee. The mussel was thought to be on the verge of extinction. Fifteen living and 23 dead specimens of this subspecies were collected in September 1994 from Killbuck Creek. This is the largest known population of this rare subspecies and it is the only known population to currently support breeding individuals. It is threatened by soil erosion resulting from agricultural land-use practices such as clearing of the stream banks for farm fields and cattle grazing and by muskrat predation.

First Page

298

Last Page

299

Volume

95

Issue

4

Comments

Otterbein Student: Diana M. Lee

Original Citation

Hoggarth, Michael A., Daniel L. Rice, and Diana M. Lee. 1995. Discovery of the Federally Endangered Freshwater Mussel, Epioblasma obliquata obliquata (Rafinesque, 1820) (Unionidae), in Ohio. Ohio Journal of Science, 95(4):298-299.

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Publisher's Version

Publisher's Statement

Copyright 1995 Ohio Academy of Science

Peer Reviewed

1

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