5 Bivalves (Sphaerids and others)

Most – and the largest – of native Kansas bivalves belong to the family Unionidae – the Unionid mussels. The other family of native bivalves are the Sphaeridae – pea clams or fingernail clams. The other bivalves found in Kansas are introduced species – the Asiatic clam Corbicula fluminea (Corbiculidae) and the Zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha (Dreissenidae).

For more information specifically on Unionid mussels go to these great sources of information (Great Plains Nature Center and Fort Hays State University).

While the Unionids and the introduced species are well-known, other species of freshwater bivalves are less well-known. These include the Sphaerid clams, small “fingernail” size species.


The list of Kansas bivalves presented here includes the unionid mussels and two introduced species listed in the Guide to Kansas Freshwater Mussels (Miller, Couch, and Mason 2008, Great Plains Nature Center). The sphaerids are from a list of “other” mollusks in Kansas from Nature Serve Explorer (5/1/2015).


Checklist of Bivalves of Kansas

Sphaeridae

Eupera cubensis (Mottled Fingernailclam)

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Musculium lacustre (Lake Fingernailclam)

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Musculium partumeium (Swamp Fingernailclam)

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Musculium securis (Pond Fingernailclam)

Musculium transversum (Long Fingernailclam)

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Pisidium adamsi (Adam Peaclam)

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Pisidium amnicum (Greater European Peaclam)

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Pisidium casertanum (Ubiquitous Peaclam)

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Pisidium compressum (Ridgedbeak Peaclam)

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Pisidium nitidum (Shiny Peaclam)

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Pisidium variabile (Triangular Peaclam)

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Sphaerium occidentale (Herrington Fingernailclam)

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Sphaerium simile (Grooved Fingernailclam)

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Sphaerium striatinum (Striated Fingernailclam)

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Corbiculidae

Corbicula fluminea (Asian Clam) [Int]

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Dreissenidae

Dreissena polymorpha (Zebra Mussel) [Int]

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Unionidae

  • Actinonaias ligamentina (Mucket) [En]
  • Alasmidonta marginata (Elktoe) [En]
  • Alasmidonta viridis (Slippershell) [X]
  • Amblema plicata (Threeridge)
  • Anodonta suborbiculata (Flat Floater) [En]
  • Anodontoides ferussacianus (Cylindrical Papershell) [SINC]
  • Arcidens confragosus (Rock Pocketbook) [Th]
  • Cumberlandia monodonta (Spectaclecase) [X]
  • Cyclonaias tuberculata (Purple Wartyback)
  • Cyprogenia aberti (Western Fanshell) [En]
  • Ellipsaria lineolata (Butterfly) [Th]
  • Elliptio dilatata (Spike) [SINC]
  • Epioblasma triquetra (Snuffbox) [X]
  • Fusconaia flava (Wabash Pigtoe) [SINC]
  • Lampsilis cardium (Plain Pocketbook)
  • Lampsilis rafinesqueana (Neosho Mucket) [En]
  • Lampsilis siliquoidea (Fatmucket) [SINC]
  • Lampsilis teres (Yellow Sandshell) [SINC]
  • Lasmigona complanata (White Heelsplitter)
  • Lasmigona compressa (Creek Heelsplitter) [X]
  • Lasmigona costata (Flutedshell) [Th]
  • Leptodea fragilis (Fragile Papershell)
  • Ligumia recta (Black Sandshell) [X]
  • Ligumia subrostrata (Pondmussel)
  • Megalonais nervosa (Washboard) [SINC]
  • Obliquaria reflexa (Threehorn Wartyback)
  • Obovaria olivaria (Hickorynut) [X]
  • Pleurobema rubrum (Pyramid Pigtoe) [X]
  • Pleurobema sintoxia (Round Pigtoe) [SINC]
  • Potamilus alatus (Pink Heelsplitter)
  • Potamilus ohiensis (Pink Papershell)
  • Potamilus purpuratus (Bleufer)
  • Ptychobranchus occidentalis (Ouachita Kidneyshell) [Th]
  • Pyganodon grandis (Floater)
  • Quadrula cylindrica (Rabbitsfoot) [En]
  • Quadrula fragosa (Winged Mapleleaf) [X]
  • Quadrula metanerva (Monkeyface)
  • Quadrula nodulata (Wartyback) [SINC]
  • Quadrula pustulosa (Pimpleback)
  • Quadrula quadrula (Mapleleaf)
  • Strophitus undulatus (Creeper) [SINC]
  • Toxolasma parvus (Lilliput)
  • Tritogonia verrucosa (Pistolgrip)
  • Truncilla donaciformis (Fawnsfoot) [SINC]
  • Truncilla truncata (Deertoe) [SINC]
  • Uniomerus tetralasmus (Pondhorn)
  • Utterbackia imbecillis (Paper Pondshell)
  • Venustaconcha ellipsiformis (Ellipse) [En]

[Th] = Kansas Threatened Species
[En] Kansas Endangered Species
[SINC] Kansas Species in need of Conservation
[In] Kansas Invasive species
[X] Extirpated in Kansas

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