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Abstract

The clubshell (Pleurobema clava) is a federally endangered species of freshwater mussel endemic to Ohio that is currently found in fewer than ten river systems in the United States (>85% range reduction). Two of the USFWS’s (1993) recovery goals are to establish ten viable populations and maintain any existing genetic viability. In order to recover the clubshell, conservation efforts including translocation and captive propagation have been used to augment existing populations. In order to maintain the genetic diversity and population level specificity, a molecular assessment is needed. In this study, we generated nuclear microsatellite data and mitochondrial (mtDNA) sequence data from three populations of clubshell to assess population structure.

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9-25-2013

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College of Arts, Sciences and Technology

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Biology

Molecular Assessment of Three Reproducing Populations of the Clubshell Mussel (Pleurobema clava) Reveals Historic Hybridization with Pleurobema Sintoxia

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