Title page for ETD etd-11152013-040327

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kitchel, Helen Elise
URN etd-11152013-040327
Title Life history of the endangered shiny pigtoe pearly mussel, Fusconaia edgariana, in the North Fork Holston River, Virginia
Degree Master of Science
Department Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Richard J. Neves Committee Chair
E. F. Benfield Committee Member
Louis A. Helfrich Committee Member
  • Mussels
Date of Defense 1985-02-05
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The life history of Fusconaia edgariana, the endangered shiny pigtoe pearly mussel, was determined in a two year study at North Holston Ford, North Fork Holston River (NFHRM 86.9) above Saltville, Virginia. Sixty 0.5m2 quadrats indicated a mean density of 10.6 mussels/m2, representing 10

species. Six additional species were collected by

handpicking or in muskrat middens. The density of F. edgariana, was 1 adult/2 M2. Distribution of the shiny pigtoe was restricted to shallow areas of mixed sand, gravel, and pebble substrate in low to moderate water


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