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Freshwater Mussels of Florida
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An exhaustive guide to all aspects of the freshwater mussel fauna in Florida, Freshwater Mussels of Florida covers the ecology, biology, distribution, and conservation of the many species of bivalve mollusks in the Sunshine State. In the past three decades, researchers, the public, businesses that depend on wildlife, and policy makers have given more attention to the threatened natural diversity of the Southeast, including freshwater mussels. This compendium meets the increasingly urgent need to catalog this imperiled group of aquatic organisms in the United States.
 
Each entry in this definitive guide provides a detailed description and multiple depictions of the species as well as select characteristics of its soft anatomy and miscellaneous notes of interest. Individual distribution maps pinpoint the historical and present occurrence of each bivalve species and are just one component of the rich set of 307 mussel and habitat photographs, seventy-four maps, and thirteen tables that illustrate the book. Of particular interest are remarkable electron micrographs of glochidia, the specialized larval life history stage parasitic upon fishes.
 
Freshwater Mussels of Florida will be of lasting value to state and federal conservation agencies as well as other government and nongovernment entities that manage aquatic resources in Florida. The research provides a key baseline for future study of Florida mussels. The survey results in this guide, along with extensive reviews of historical mussel collections in natural history museums, provide a complete picture of the Florida mussel fauna, past and present. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. List of Bivalve Mollusk Taxa
  2. pp. xix-xxvi
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  1. Chapter 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 2. History of Mussel Exploration
  2. pp. 5-22
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  1. Chapter 3. Geology and Physiographic Divisions
  2. pp. 23-33
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  1. Chapter 4. Inland Waters
  2. pp. 34-58
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  1. Chapter 5. Mussel Distribution
  2. pp. 59-71
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  1. Chapter 6. Biology and Ecology
  2. pp. 72-93
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  1. Chapter 7. Mussel Conservation
  2. pp. 94-112
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  1. Chapter 8. Shell Morphology and Soft Anatomy
  2. pp. 113-124
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  1. Chapter 9. Format of Accounts for Genera and Species
  2. pp. 125-130
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  1. Chapter 10. Accounts for Genera and Species
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. Genus Alasmidonta
  2. pp. 131-137
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  1. Genus Amblema
  2. pp. 138-146
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  1. Genus Anodonta
  2. pp. 147-162
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  1. Genus Anodontoides
  2. pp. 163-167
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  1. Genus Elliptio
  2. pp. 168-220
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  1. Genus Elliptoideus
  2. pp. 221-226
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  1. Genus Fusconaia
  2. pp. 227-236
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  1. Genus Glebula
  2. pp. 237-241
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  1. Genus Hamiota
  2. pp. 242-251
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  1. Genus Lampsilis
  2. pp. 252-265
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  1. Genus Medionidus
  2. pp. 266-280
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  1. Genus Megalonaias
  2. pp. 281-285
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  1. Genus Obovaria
  2. pp. 286-293
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  1. Genus Plectomerus
  2. pp. 294-297
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  1. Genus Pleurobema
  2. pp. 298-307
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  1. Genus Ptychobranchus
  2. pp. 308-312
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  1. Genus Pyganodon
  2. pp. 313-317
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  1. Genus Quadrula
  2. pp. 318-329
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  1. Genus Reginaia
  2. pp. 330-336
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  1. Genus Toxolasma
  2. pp. 337-348
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  1. Genus Uniomerus
  2. pp. 349-359
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  1. Genus Utterbackia
  2. pp. 360-372
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  1. Genus Villosa
  2. pp. 373-394
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  1. Chapter 11. Species of Hypothetical Occurrence
  2. p. 395
  1. Margaritifera marrianae
  2. pp. 395-396
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  1. Elliptio nigella
  2. pp. 396-397
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  1. Lampsilis binominata
  2. pp. 397-398
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  1. Lasmigona subviridis
  2. pp. 398-399
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  1. Pyganodon cataracta
  2. pp. 400-401
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  1. Chapter 12. Additional Bivalves in Inland Waters
  2. p. 402
  1. Family Cyrenidae – Marshclams
  2. pp. 403-405
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  1. Family Dreissenidae – Falsemussels
  2. pp. 405-407
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  1. Family Mactridae – Surfclams
  2. pp. 408-409
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  1. Family Sphaeriidae – Fingernailclams, Peaclams, and Pillclams
  2. pp. 409-416
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  1. Key to the Additional Bivalves in Inland Waters
  2. pp. 416-418
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 419-432
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  1. Literature Cited
  2. pp. 433-474
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 475-486
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  1. Systematic Index
  2. pp. 487-498
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