Date of Award
Earth and Space Science - Environmental Science Track
Earth & Space Science
North America is home to nearly 300 species of freshwater mussels with approximately 80% being found in the southeastern United States. The Federally threatened species, Elliptio chipolaensis (Chipola slabshell), is considered an endemic species to the Chipola River Basin in the Florida panhandle. E. chipolaensis glochidia are released from the female in conglutinates The potential fish host species for Elliptio chipolaensis are the bluegill and redbreast sunfish. Sixty percent of the bluegill successfully transformed E. chipolaensis glochidia into juvenile mussels while 80% of the redbreast sunfish were successful.
Preister, Lisa, "Life History Observations and Determination of Potential Host Fish Species for Chipola Slabshell, Elliptio chipolaensis" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 65.