Re: NANFA-L-- Mussel Posting - New Rayed Bean Pop.

Jeremy Tiemann (
Fri, 14 Apr 2006 08:34:07 -0500

Sweet! I have yet to collect that species alive... just shell.
Villosa fabalis might be extripated in IL; only two live individuals
from one site have been collected since the 1950s. Host work needs
to be done with this species; I believe OSU has only the Tippecanoe
darter has the host.

>Well, I am going to try out posting some mussel stuff because I am
>pretty excited about this tidbit of information. Ohioans and anyone
>interested in freshwater mussel conservation will be pretty excited
>about this I think.
> Yesterday, while surveying out in Swan Creek, Lucas County OH, I
>came across a new live population of rayed beans. For those who do
>not know, the rayed bean is endangered throughout much of its range
>and is currently a federal candidate. To my knowledge, this is the
>first time the rayed bean has been found alive in Swan Creek. And,
>in addition, I found A LOT of fresh dead and weathered beans. I am
>hoping that this population may be more than a few isolated
>individuals, but it will require a lot more work to determine that.
>The bean is about an inch long and takes a lot of patience and
>attention to detail to survey accurately.
> A professor had tipped me off this past year that beans might
>still exist in Swan Creek as he had found some fresh dead shells-in-
>a site in the late 1980s. Yesterday was only my 2nd survey and I
>covered only 200 feet in 2 hours. So who knows what the future
>holds, hopefully a lot of beans!
> Jeff


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