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Host fishes for the endangered dwarf wedgemussel (Alasmidonta heterodon) from various locations in the northeastern United States (1999-2007)

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Start Date
1999
End Date
2007

Citation

White, B.S.J., Ferreri, C.P., Lellis, W.A., Wicklow, B.J., and Cole, J.C., 2017, Host fishes for the endangered dwarf wedgemussel (Alasmidonta heterodon) from various locations in the northeastern United States (1999-2007): U.S. Geological Survey data release., https://doi.org/10.5066/F7K35RV4.

Summary

Data is included for three sets of laboratory experiments where various fish species were tested in several multi-week trials to determine their suitability in serving as parasitic hosts for larvae of the freshwater mussel named dwarf wedgemussel (Alasmidonta heterodon) from the Mid-Atlantic region and New England of the United States. The first set of experiments tested host suitability of multiple fish species, the second compared host suitability of groups of tessellated darters (Etheostoma olmstedi; a known host) from multiple locations, and the third tested host suitability of individual tessellated darters. Results are reported in numbers of juvenile mussels per fish (JPF; total juvenile mussels produced by each fish tested) [...]

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Purpose

These data were collected in order to determine suitable host fishes for the dwarf wedgemussel (Alasmidonta heterodon), as mussel larvae must attach to particular fish in order to metamorphose into juvenile mussels. The data were also collected to determine whether host suitability of a single fish species may vary among locations. These considerations are important in fish and freshwater mussel management and conservation.

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