The pocketbook is found in the Mississippi River drainage, St. Lawrence drainage and southern drainages to Hudson Bay. It occurs west from eastern Manitoba south to nothern Oklahoma, east to eastern Tennessee and north to Nova Scotia.
In Michigan the pocketbook is found throughout the lower peninsula, and in the upper peninsula, from Marquette and Dickinson County to the east. Collection records do not show it in Alger, Schoolcraft and Chippewa counties, although it still may be in water bodies there. (Oesch, 1984; Parmalee, 1967)
The pocketbook is found in lakes, streams and rivers, in mud, sand, and gravel. In the Huron River, they mainly occupied areas above and below riffles in sand or gravel. In the Huron’s lakes it was found mainly on solid shoals of sand, gravel or marl. (Cummings and Mayer, 1992; van der Schalie, 1938; Watters, 1995)
- Habitat Regions
- Aquatic Biomes
- rivers and streams
The pocketbook is up to 17.8 cm (7 inches) long , and is round or quadrate in shape. The shell is thinner in young individuals, thicker in older individuals, and inflated. This species is sexually dimorphic. The anterior end is rounded and the posterior end gently rounded in females and bluntly pointed in males. The dorsal margin is straight to gently curved and the ventral margin is broadly rounded.
Umbos are broad, elevated above the hinge line, and turned forward. The beak sculpture has four or five elevated ridges and may be double-looped.
The periostracum (outer shell layer) is smooth, yellow to yellow-green with green rays, although sometimes rays are absent.
On the inner shell, the left valve has two pseudocardinal teeth, which are erect, compressed, and striated. The posterior tooth is usually short and triangular. The two lateral teeth are short, thin and striated. The right valve has one erect and stout pseudocardinal tooth with another erect compressed tooth anteriorly. The one lateral tooth is high, thin and short.
The beak cavity is broad and deep. The nacre is white and iridescent posteriorly.
In Michigan, this species can be confused with the mucket, fat mucket, or wavy-rayed lampmussel. The mucket is more compressed. The fat mucket is more elongated. The wavy-rayed lampmussel in general has wavy rays, and because it is smaller than the pocketbook, the growth lines will be closer together. (Cummings and Mayer, 1992; Oesch, 1984; Watters, 1995)
- Sexual Dimorphism
- sexes shaped differently
- Range length
- 17.8 (high) cm
- 7.01 (high) in
Fertilized eggs are brooded in the marsupia (water tubes) up to 11 months, where they develop into larvae, called glochidia. The glochidia are then released into the water where they must attach to the gill filaments and/or general body surface of the host fish. After attachment, epithelial tissue from the host fish grows over and encapsulates a glochidium, usually within a few hours. The glochidia then metamorphoses into a juvenile mussel within a few days or weeks. After metamorphosis, the juvenile is sloughed off as a free-living organism. Juveniles are found in the substrate where they develop into adults. (Arey, 1921; Lefevre and Curtis, 1910)
- Development - Life Cycle
Age to sexual maturity for this species is unknown. Unionids are gonochoristic (sexes are separate) and viviparous. The glochidia, which are the larval stage of the mussels, are released live from the female after they are fully developed.
In general, gametogenesis in unionids is initiated by increasing water temperatures. The general life cycle of a unionid, includes open fertilization. Males release sperm into the water, which is taken in by the females through their respiratory current. The eggs are internally fertilized in the suprabranchial chambers, then pass into water tubes of the gills, where they develop into glochidia.
- Key Reproductive Features
- seasonal breeding
- gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate)
- Breeding interval
- The pocketbook breeds once in the warmer months of the year.
- Breeding season
- In Michigan, the breeding season is probably June to July.
- Range gestation period
- 11 (high) months
Females brood fertilized eggs in their marsupial pouch. The fertilized eggs develop into glochidia. There is no parental investment after the female releases the glochidia.
- Parental Investment
The age of mussels can be determined by looking at annual rings on the shell. However, no demographic data on this species has been recorded.
Mussels in general are rather sedentary, although they may move in response to changing water levels and conditions. Although not thoroughly documented, the mussels may vertically migrate to release glochidia and spawn.
A female (Oesch, 1984)has a distinct mantle flap which resembles a minnow or darter. The mimic fish lures its host fish,which chews on the flap and breaks the membrane of the gills. As a result, the fish is infected with glochidia.
Communication and Perception
The middle lobe of the mantle edge has most of a bivalve's sensory organs. Paired statocysts, which are fluid filled chambers with a solid granule or pellet (a statolity) are in the mussel's foot. The statocysts help the mussel with georeception, or orientation.
Mussels are heterothermic, and therefore are sensitive and responsive to temperature.
Unionids in general may have some form of chemical reception to recognize fish hosts. Mantle flaps in the lampsilines are modified to attract potential fish hosts. has a mantle flap resembling a minnow or darter to attrach host fish.
- Communication Channels
In general, unionids are filter feeders. The mussels use cilia to pump water into the incurrent siphon where food is caught in a mucus lining in the demibranchs. Particles are sorted by the labial palps and then directed to the mouth.
- Plant Foods
- Other Foods
- Foraging Behavior
Unionids in general are preyed upon by muskrats, raccoons, minks, otters, and some birds. Juveniles are probably also fed upon by freshwater drum, sheepshead, lake sturgeon, spotted suckers, redhorses, and pumpkinseeds.
Unionid mortality and reproduction is affected by unionicolid mites and monogenic trematodes feeding on gill and mantle tissue. Parasitic chironomid larvae may destroy up to half the mussel gill. (Cummings and Mayer, 1992; Watters, 1995)
- Known Predators
- muskrat, Ondatra zibethicus
- mink, Neovison vison
- raccoon Procyon lotor
- otter, Lontra canadensis
- turtles, Testudines
- hellbenders, Cryptobranchus
- freshwater drum, Aplodinotus grunniens
- sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus
- lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens
- shortnosed sturgeon, Acipenser brevirostrum
- spotted suckers, Minytrema melanops
- common red-horse, Moxostoma
- catfish, Siluriformes
- pumpkinseed, Lepomis gibbosus
Fish hosts are determined by looking at both lab transformations and natural infestations. Looking at both is necessary, as lab transformations from glochidia to juvenile may occur, but the mussel may not actually infect a particular species in a natural situation. Natural infestations may also be found, but glochidia will attach to almost any fish, including those that are not suitable hosts. Lab transformations involve isolating one particular fish species and introducing glochidia either into the fish tank or directly inoculating the fish gills with glochidia. Tanks are monitored and if juveniles are later found the fish species is considered a suitable host.
The main fish hosts for this species are probably centrarchids. Both natural infections and lab metamorphosis has been observed for the white crappie. In lab trials, metamorphosed on bluegill, green sunfish, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass. Lab transformations were also observed for the banded killifish and walleye. (Coker, et al., 1921; Cummings and Watters, 2004; Lefevre and Curtis, 1912; Reuling, 1919; Waller, et al., 1985; Watters, 1996)
- Ecosystem Impact
Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Mussels are ecological indicators. Their presence in a water body usually indicates good water quality.
Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
There are no significant negative impacts of mussels on humans.
currently does not have any individual state conservation status. However, it is on the IUCN Red List as Lower Risk, Near Threatened.
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living in the Nearctic biogeographic province, the northern part of the New World. This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico.
- bilateral symmetry
having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.
uses smells or other chemicals to communicate
an animal that mainly eats decomposed plants and/or animals
particles of organic material from dead and decomposing organisms. Detritus is the result of the activity of decomposers (organisms that decompose organic material).
animals which must use heat acquired from the environment and behavioral adaptations to regulate body temperature
union of egg and spermatozoan
a method of feeding where small food particles are filtered from the surrounding water by various mechanisms. Used mainly by aquatic invertebrates, especially plankton, but also by baleen whales.
mainly lives in water that is not salty.
having a body temperature that fluctuates with that of the immediate environment; having no mechanism or a poorly developed mechanism for regulating internal body temperature.
- internal fertilization
fertilization takes place within the female's body
A large change in the shape or structure of an animal that happens as the animal grows. In insects, "incomplete metamorphosis" is when young animals are similar to adults and change gradually into the adult form, and "complete metamorphosis" is when there is a profound change between larval and adult forms. Butterflies have complete metamorphosis, grasshoppers have incomplete metamorphosis.
having the capacity to move from one place to another.
- native range
the area in which the animal is naturally found, the region in which it is endemic.
an organism that obtains nutrients from other organisms in a harmful way that doesn't cause immediate death
photosynthetic or plant constituent of plankton; mainly unicellular algae. (Compare to zooplankton.)
an animal that mainly eats plankton
- seasonal breeding
breeding is confined to a particular season
remains in the same area
reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female
uses touch to communicate
movements of a hard surface that are produced by animals as signals to others
uses sight to communicate
reproduction in which fertilization and development take place within the female body and the developing embryo derives nourishment from the female.
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