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Species description

Utterbackia imbecillis

No conservation status in Kansas, populations are declining in the Kansas River basin

Formerly scattered in the Kansas river basin, rarely common or abundant, currently known only from eastern portion of Kansas basin and a colony in Ellis County in the Smoky Hill River and tributaries.*

* 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.