Western Ridged Mussel

Western Ridged Mussel at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Western Ridged Mussel at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Photo Credit: Al Smith

Overview

  • Species Common Name Western Ridged Mussel
  • Species Scientific Name Gonidea angulata

Ecoregions

Special needs

Western ridged mussels are found in cold creeks and streams. They are filter-feeders with long lifespans.

Limiting factors

Water withdrawal, diversion, and changes in hydrological regimes can adversely affect western ridged mussels. Contamination, sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, and other impacts to water quality also threaten this species.

Conservation actions

Maintain water quality and availability.