Photo by Bob Gress
used by permission

Quadrula cylindrica

Federal Status:

State Status:

  • Range: Kansas range map for the Rabbitsfoot
    Dark Blue = Counties with designated critical habitat
    Light Blue = Historical records
    A detailed range map may be found in the Mussel Bed
  • Status in Kansas:
  • Comments: This mussel is named because of its general shape. Its length is about three times longer than its height. The elongated, greenish-brown shell has a row of knobs and exhibits a beautiful pattern of dark triangles. It is one of the rarest mussels in Kansas and throughout its range. The rabbitsfoot is most often found in clear streams with swift current flowing over gravel substrates. Specimens can be found in the Spring River and a short stretch of the mid-Neosho River. The fish host for this mussel in Kansas has been identified as the spotfin shiner.  Fish hosts include bluntface shiner, cardinal shiner, red shiner and the spotfin shiner.

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