Epioblasma lewisii   (Walker)

Forkshell; Lewis' Pearly Mussel
(Epioblasma lewisii)

syn. Dysnomia lewisi (Walker), Epioblasma lewisi (Walker), Plagiola lewisi (Walker), Truncilla lewisi (Walker)


USA: Alabama; Pulaski County, Russell County / Kentucky; Ohio; Tennessee; Virginia

local name:

Forkshell (English)

size: (?)

extinction date: (?)

Lewis' Pearly Mussel was once distributed over a large area in the systems of the Cumberland and the Tennessee Rivers.

This species is known from empty shells alone, except for a single specimen with preserved soft tissue.

The larvae of the vast majority (of all ?) of the freshwater mussels live as parasites in the gills of various river fishes. About the symbiotic relationships of the extinct species, however, almost always nothing is known at all.