IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)


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The range for Fusconaia ebena, or ebonyshells, is the Mississippi River basin, including the Mississippi River, the Minnesota River, the St. Croix River, the Illinois River, the Ohio River, and other bodies of water in the basin that offer suitable living conditions for this mussel. Originally, the native range extended from around the Twin Cities in Minnesota and went all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1913, a dam was built on the Mississippi River in Keokuk, Iowa, effectively cutting off the northern home range for breeding ebonyshells.

Biogeographic Regions: nearctic (Native )


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