Pale lilliput (Toxolasma cylindrellus)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The pale lilliput is a small freshwater mussel usually measuring less than 44 mm (1.7 inches) in length with a moderately thin and somewhat compressed shell that is tawny to yellowish green and without rays (Williams et al. 2008). The nacre is often purple to coppery in color (Parmalee and Bogan 1998, Williams et al. 2008). The pale lilliput is elongate and elliptical, becoming somewhat cylindrical in shape (Parmalee and Bogan 1998), with the female having an outline more oval in shape than that of the male.

  • States/US Territories in which the Pale lilliput, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  Alabama , Tennessee
  • US Counties in which the Pale lilliput, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
06/14/1976 Southeast Region (Region 4) Wherever found

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
06/14/1976 41 FR 24062 24067 Endangered Status for 159 Taxa of Animals; 41 FR 24062 24067
04/09/2010 75 FR 18233 18234 5-Year Status Reviews of 10 Southeastern Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information
09/26/1975 40 FR 44392 44333 CITES: Proposed Endangered Status for 216 Species on Convention Appendix I; 40 FR 44392 44333

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
08/22/1984 Pale Lilliput Pearly Mussel View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
04/09/2010 75 FR 18233 18234 5-Year Status Reviews of 10 Southeastern Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
08/31/2011 Pale Lilliput (Toxolasma cylindrellus) 5-Year Review: Summary and Evaluation

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Pale lilliput.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Pale lilliput.

» Petitions

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

It historically occurred in small creeks to large rivers; however, it currently seems to persist in only small to moderate sized streams in areas of slow to moderate current, usually in less than three feet of water, within sand and gravel substrates (Parmalee and Bogan 1998, Williams et al. 2008).

Reproductive Strategy

This species is a long-term brooder and is gravid from late summer or autumn into the following summer (Williams et al. 2008). The Alabama Biological Diversity Center has had success transforming juvenile pale lilliputs on blackspotted topminnow (Fundulus olivaceus) (P. Johnson unpublished data).

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