Higgins eye (Lampsilis higginsii)
Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND
The Higgins eye is a freshwater mussel of larger rivers where it is usually found in areas with deep water and moderate currents. Its range includes the upper Mississippi River, the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin, and the lower Rock River between Illinois and Iowa.
- States/US Territories in which the Higgins eye, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: Illinois , Iowa , Minnesota , Missouri , South Dakota , Wisconsin
- US Counties in which the Higgins eye, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: View All
- USFWS Refuges in which the Higgins eye, Wherever found is known to occur:
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix Wetland Management District, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
- Additional species information
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|1976-06-14||Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region (Region 3)||Wherever found|
» Federal Register Documents
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|2004-05-12||Higgins Eye Pearlymussel||View Implementation Progress||Final Revision 1|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|2003-08-15||68 FR 48933 48934||Notice of Availability of the Higgins' Eye Pearlymussel (Lampsilis higginsii) Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Review and Comment||
|2005-07-19||70 FR 41423 41424||Initiation of a 5-Year Review of Higgins Eye (Lampsilis higginsii), Hungerford's Crawling Water Beetle (Brychius hungerfordi), Missouri Bladderpod (Lesquerella Filiformis), and Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum)||
|2014-07-08||79 FR 38560 38562||Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of Nine Listed Animal and Two Listed Plant Species||
|2004-07-14||69 FR 42198 42199||Approved Recovery Plan for the Higgins Eye Pearlymussel (Lampsilis higginsii)||
|2010-09-14||75 FR 55820 55823||5-Year Status Reviews of Seven Midwest Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information.||
|2006-05-09||Higgins Eye 5-Year Review|
» Critical Habitat
No critical habitat rules have been published for the Higgins eye.
» Conservation Plans
|HCP Plan Summaries|
» Life History
The animals bury themselves in the sand and gravel river bottoms with just the edge of their partially-opened shells exposed. The river's currents flow over the mussels as they siphon water for microorganisms such as algae and bacteria, which they use as food.
Male Higgins eye mussels release sperm into the river current and downstream females siphon in the sperm to fertilize their eggs. After fertilization, females store the developing larvae (glochidia) in their gills until they’re expelled into the river current. Some of the glochidia are able to attach themselves to the gills of host fish, where they develop further. After a few weeks, the juvenile mussels detach from the gills of the fish and settle on the river bottom, where they can mature into adult mussels and possibly live up to 50 years. The sauger, walleye, yellow perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and freshwater drum are considered suitable hosts for Higgins eye glochidia.
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