Re: NANFA-- Mussel Huntin' In The Clinch

Bruce Stallsmith (
Tue, 06 Aug 2002 09:59:29 -0400

Sounds like time well spent. Bob, did you see any Hemistena lata (Cracking
Pearlymussel) or Quadrula intermedia (Cumberland Monkeyface) among the
mussels? That Clinch River preserve is pretty much the last stronghold for
both of these mussel species, from what I understand. I didn't find either
of them in the Elk River, AL, this summer... they seemed to have been wiped
out once and for all in the Elk from the usual list of stupid human

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: Bob Culler <>
>Subject: NANFA-- Mussel Huntin' In The Clinch
>Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 23:36:13 -0400
>Hello all,
>I took the opportunity today to visit a Nature Conservancy mussel preserve
>on the Clinch River at Cleveland, VA. This was a field trip offered through
>the Virginia Highlands Festival. We saw probably 15 or so species of
>mussels in one short stretch of riffle there.
>I probably spent more time looking at the fish while snorkeling. Big
>surprise! ;) I saw whitetail shiners, TN shiners, telescope shiners (?) big
>stonerollers, tangerine darters, TN snubnose darters, a greenside darter,
>northern hogsuckers, smallmouth bass, and a couple other small unidentified
>fishes. Visibility was not that good because of the scattered storms over
>the area the past week or so.
>The biggest surprise came after I got home. I was sitting down to the
>computer when I heard something scrape across my shirt collar. When I
>reached up to see what it was, a rather disturbed hellgramite fell into my
>lap! After my initial shock, I scooped him up and put him in my aquarium.
>Ranger Bob
>Kingsport, TN
>"The power of humans to degrade the natural world is awesome; the
>capability to reconstitute it later is mythical."
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