Phvlogeography and conservation genetics of endangered European Margaritiferidae
(Bivalvia : Unionoidea).
The superfamily Unionoidea is divided into two families, Unionidae and Margaritiferidae
. Both families probably originated from a common freshwater lineage that developed from marine molluscs migrating into freshwater during the Mesozoic Era (Strack, 2006).
Bivalves are recorded as freshwater unionids assigned to Margaritiferidae
(?Margaritifera) and Unionidae (?Anodonta), and as heterodontids from Corbiculidae (?Corbicula) and Pisidiidae (?Pisidium).
Native freshwater bivalves (families Margaritiferidae
and Unionidae) comprise the most imperiled faunal group in North America.
Current status of freshwater mussels (Unionidae, Margaritiferidae
) in the Muscle Shoals area of Tennessee River in Alabama (Muscle Shoals revisited again).
The world's freshwater mussel (Margaritiferidae
and Unionidae) diversity is highest in North America (279 species), but approximately 72% are threatened, endangered, or a species of concern (Williams et al.
There are 80 species or subspecies of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionoida: Margaritiferidae
, Unionidae) thought to be indigenous to Ohio, of which five are considered to be extinct, 14 extirpated, 24 endangered, four threatened, and nine species of concern (Watters 1995, ODNR2007).
Freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Margaritiferidae
and Unionidae) of the Lower Duck River in Middle Tennessee: A historic and recent review.
Systematics and Distribution of Recent Margaritiferidae
Conchiolin layers among the Unionidae and Margaritiferidae
(Bivalvia): microstructural characteristics and taxonomic implications.
Distribution and status of endangered mussels (Mollusca: Margaritiferidae
, Unionidae) in Arkansas.
Mussels comprise relatively sessile organisms, with Margaritiferidae
and some Unionidae tribes (e.g., Amblemini, Pleurobemini, most Quadrulini) apparendy remaining almost sedentary their entire lives.