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Species description

Obovaria olivaria

No conservation status in Kansas, extirpated in the Kansas River basin.

Formerly widespread in Kansas river and larger sandy tributaries of Kansas basin and mainstems of Smoky Hill and Saline Rivers, once common and locally abundant in preferred habitat, last observed live around 1900.*

* Comments on Kansas River species provided by Steve Cringan, based in part on observations in: Angelo, R.T., M.S.Cringan, E.Hays, C.A.Goodrich, E.J.Miller, M.A.VanScoyoc, B.R.Simmons. 2009. Historical Changes in the Occurrence and Distribution of Freshwater Mussels in Kansas, Great Plains Research 19(1):89-126.

Data courtesy of Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). We would like to thank Steve Cringan and Clint Goodrich for their assistance. Photos by Dianna Lehmann.