Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:58:09 -0700
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From: JOHN A CRAMER <jacramer@BELLSOUTH.NET>
Subject: utterbackia imbecillis
I collected two large live Utterbackia imbecillis from my sister-in-laws Virginia farm pond last week. Wading up to my neck and feeling the mud with my barefeet. Haven't had such fun in ages. The largest is 165 mm long and I have another from the pond (pulled out and eaten by coons 3 years ago) that is 153 mm. How much bigger do these things get? Parmalee and Bogan (The Freshwater MUSSELS of Tennessee) merely say they can exceed 100 mm. Emerson and Jacobson call it Anodonta imbecilis (sic) and say it attains 90 mm.