Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Mollusks

North America has the greatest diversity of freshwater mussels in the world, and many of these species are highly imperiled. Biologists work to learn more about Florida’s freshwater mussels and clams.



Florida’s Freshwater Mussels and Clams

Read a brief introduction about Florida’s freshwater mussels and clams and access an additional resource to learn more.

Freshwater Mussel Host Fish Research

Researchers in Holt, Florida are studying freshwater mussel and host fish interactions to improve conservation efforts.

Freshwater Mussel Monitoring Flickr Set

View photos of researchers assessing the current status of freshwater mussels in Florida.


FWC Facts:
The life expectancy for Gulf sturgeon is 20-42 years. The oldest age documented for a tagged and recaptured Suwannee River Gulf sturgeon is about 27-28 years.

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