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James spinymussel (Pleurobema collina)

Federal Register | Recovery | Critical Habitat | Conservation Plans | Petitions | Life History

Listing Status:   


General Information

This fresh water mussel is found in the James River drainage and the and Dan/Mayo River systems within the Roanoke River drainage in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia. The James spinymussel is a small fresh water mussel slightly less than three inches in length. Adults have a dark brown shell with prominent growth rings and occasionally, short spines on each valve. Young mussels have a shiny yellow shell with or without one to three short spines.

This species is listed wherever it is found, but
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
07/22/1988 Northeast Region (Region 5) Entire

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 3 of 3)
Date Citation Page Title
01-23-2008 73 FR 3991 3993 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 10 Listed Species
07-22-1988 53 FR 27689 27693 Determination of End. Status for James Spinymussel; 53 FR 27689-27693
09-01-1987 52 FR 32939 32942 Proposed End. Status for James Spinymussel; 52 FR 32939-32942

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
09/24/1990 James Spinymussel View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
01/23/2008 73 FR 3991 3993 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 10 Listed Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the James spinymussel, Entire.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for James spinymussel, Entire

» Petitions

No petition findings have been published for the James spinymussel, Entire.

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

Suitable habitat for this species include free-flowing streams with a variety of flow regimes and water depths. The James spinymussel is found in a variety of substrates that are free from silt.

Food Habits

Like other freshwater mussels, this species is a filter feeder. It feeds on plankton collected from water that is passed over its gills.

Reproductive Strategy

Reproduction occurs sexually. Females carry eggs in their gills. During spawning, the male releases sperm into the water column and the sperm is taken into the female through the gills. The resulting larvae (known as glochidia) are released from the female into the water column and must attach to a fish host, development of glochidia continues. Once metamorphosis is complete, the juvenile mussel drops off the fish host and continues to develop on the stream bottom. Known fish hosts for this species include the bluehead chub (Nocomis leptocephalus), rosyside dace (Clinostomus funduloides), blacknose dace (Rhinichthys atratulus), mountain redbelly dace (Phoxinus oreas), rosefin shiner (Lythrurus ardens), satinfin shiner (Cyprinella analostana), central stoneroller (Campostoma anomalum), and swallowtail shiner (Notropis procne).

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