CSP1103 - Freshwater Mussel Identification

Course CodeCSP1103
Course TitleFreshwater Mussel Identification

The purpose of this course is to develop the participant's freshwater mussel identification skills and knowledge of regional freshwater mussel species. Participants will learn an overall system for identifying mussels and characteristics of major taxonomic groups within the families Unionidae and Margaritiferidae and will provide the basis to approach species-level identification. Although emphasis will be placed on the Ohio River fauna (including the Tennessee River) specimens will be available from across the country. This course is 'hands on' and laboratory and field exercises will provide shells and fresh specimens for identification.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1) Identify unknown freshwater mussels by following methods as described in the course;

2) Use proper freshwater mussel collection labeling and preservation techniques;

3) Use distributional maps as an aid to freshwater mussel identification;

4) Use dichotomous keys

5) Discuss identification tricks-of-the-trade

Target Audience

Natural resource professionals needing freshwater mussel identification skills for restoration and recovery efforts.

Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Non-FWS Fee$1,195.00
Instructional Hours36
Course Content ContactMatthew Patterson; matthew_patterson@fws.gov; (304) 876-7473; matthew_patterson@fws.gov
Curriculum CategoryAquatic Species Biology and Conservation
Course FrequencyOnce per year
Registration LinkLMS
College Credit NameSemester Hours
College Credit Value2
Extracted from DOI LEARN on12/15/2018 3:30:20 AM

Schedule:  CSP1103 - Freshwater Mussel Identification