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Freshwater pearl mussels on the river bed
Freshwater pearl mussels on the river bed

Find out more about freshwater pearl mussels and wildlife crime

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microscopic glochidia

How do freshwater mussels reproduce?

Mo The Mussel



Freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera)  live 'hidden' in cold, fast flowing rivers, yet this species is embedded in our history, culture and biodiversity. Pearls in Peril (LIFE+Nature) is an exciting nationwide project that will act to secure the future of this critically endangered species.