Identification of a fish host of the inflated heelsplitter Potamilus inflatus (Bivalvia: Unionidae) with a description of its glochidium

Kevin J. Roe, Andrew M. Simons, Paul Hartfield

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A survey of the fishes of the Black Warrior River was undertaken to determine fish host(s) of the federally threatened inflated heelsplitter, Potamilus inflatus. Seven hundred-twenty individual fishes representing 30 species were examined; mussel glochidia were found on 10 individual fishes representing nine species. Potamilus inflatus glochidia were only found infesting one freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens), which is concordant with previous findings for the genus Potamilus. The morphology of P. inflatus glochidia is described and compared to P. purpuratus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-54
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Midland Naturalist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1997


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