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The freshwater mussels of Ohio / G. Thomas Watters, Michael A. Hoggarth, [and] David H. Stansbery.

By: Watters, G. Thomas.
Contributor(s): Hoggarth, Michael A. (Michael Alan), 1955- | Stansbery, David H. (David Honor), 1926-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2009Description: xiii, 421 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9780814211052 (cloth : alk. paper); 0814211054 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Freshwater mussels -- Ohio -- Identification | Margaritiferidae -- Ohio -- Identification | Unionidae -- Ohio -- IdentificationAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Freshwater mussels of Ohio.DDC classification: 594/.409771
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 373-396) and index.

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Many readers may think of mussels as saltwater clams and wonder what freshwater mussels might be and why they are not sold in local fish markets as their saltwater relatives are. Freshwater mussels belong to a large, diverse group of pelecypods that can still be found in large numbers in many, particularly eastern, American streams. In the past, they were a source material for button making, and many of these animals were sacrificed for the rare pearls within the shells. Watters, Hoggarth, and Stansbery (all, Ohio State), who have individually contributed knowledge about many aspects of the biology of these animals, have put together a work that covers anatomy, physiology, and, particularly, the unusual reproductive processes of the mussels. There are thoughtful sections on the history of the group in the Ohio drainages and effects of habitat modifications, pollutants, and regulations on mussel diversity and survival. About 70 species are considered in detail. The volume contains many pages of excellent color photographs, 23 pages of references, a large index, and species distribution maps. Although the book will have its greatest use in Ohio and surrounding states, the authors provide an intensive history of these animals that will be helpful in broader regions. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above. D. Bardack emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago

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G. Thomas Watters is senior research associate and Curator of Molluscs of the Museum of Biological Diversity in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University, and science director of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Facility. Michael A. Hoggarth is professor and chair of the Department of Life and Earth Sciences at Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, and Associate Curator of the Museum of Biological Diversity at The Ohio State University. David H. Stansbery is faculty emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology in the College of Biological Sciences at The Ohio State University and emeritus Curator of Molluscs of the Museum of Biological Diversity.

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