by Wendell R. Haag and Ronald R. Cicerello
Scientific and Technical Series No. 8
Kentucky has an extraordinarily diverse mussel fauna that consisted historically of at least 100 species and subspecies. This number represents about one-third of total North American mussel diversity, and Kentucky, along with other southeastern states, supports the most diverse mussel fauna of any region on Earth. Unfortunately, this fauna has been greatly diminished by human activities. About 12 species are now extinct, 10 other species are extirpated from the state, and a large number of the surviving species are imperiled to some extent. This book summarizes all available information about the distribution of each mussel species in Kentucky, and it illustrates changes in their distribution over the last 100 years. An introductory section provides a description of river systems and aquatic habitats in Kentucky, a history of mussel studies in the state, patterns of diversity and biogeography, and a discussion of conservation issues related to Kentucky’s mussel fauna.
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*An electronic version of this publication is available for download in two parts.
Part 1: A Distributional Atlas of the Freshwater Mussels of Kentucky pages 1-151
Part 2:A Distributional Atlas of the Freshwater Mussels of Kentucky pages 152-299