Although the conglutinate portions that mimicked "appendages" were visible in Sept.
The "eyespots" on the conglutinate are a primary site of glochidial release when a fish inhales a conglutinate (Barnhart and Roberts, 1997).
Morphology of the conglutinate of the kidneyshell freshwater mussel, Ptychobranchus fasciolaris.
Glochidial and conglutinate development of Ptychobranchus subtentum collected from the upper Clinch River, Tennessee from Aug.
The water ruptured the tubes and flushed out conglutinates, which we stored in 70% ethanol.
The adhesive nature of the conglutinate terminal filament could serve to maintain the conglutinate within shoal and riffle habitats by adhering to gravel, rocks, or other hard substrata as it tumbles along the stream bottom following release.
The conglutinate illustration is by Sam Biebers, Jackson, Mississippi.
We recently had the opportunity to examine a gravid female and conglutinates of the rare freshwater mussel Ptychobranchus greeni (Conrad, 1834).
Approximately 160 conglutinates remained in the left gill, with about another 50, distended, apparently recently discharged oviducts in the posterior quarter.