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Yellow Sandshell

Lampsilis teres

SINC in Kansas, populations are declining in the Kansas River basin

Formerly widespread and locally abundant in the Kansas River basin and western tributary basins, has experienced range reduction and thinning along with loss from tributaries, now known only from six recent observations in the Kansas River basin and western tributary basins.*

Below is a female Yellow Sandshell. 

* 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.