Records of freshwater mussels were compiled from museum collections, private individual shell collections,and field records of biologists working in Vermont at the time. Herbert Athearn, Arthur Clarke, William Clench, Mark DesMeules, Chris Fichtel, Steven Fiske, Larry Master, Carl Pagel, Doug Smith, Ruth Turner, and Susi von Oettingen are responsible for most of the mussel records. Records from a total of 270 sampling stations throughout the state are presented in this atlas. Site-specific historic (those prior to 1970) records are scarce therefore we do not differentiate between current and historic records in this atlas. We do differentiate between sampling points where mussels were found and where they were not. This report on mussel distribution is not necessarily complete; some streams have been under-sampled or not sampled at all, while many lakes have never been surveyed. The authors hope this atlas will spur additional interest in freshwater mussels, and that the atlas will be updated in the future to reflect additional locations and changes in species distributions.
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Fichtel C, Smith D (2023): Vermont Freshwater Mussel Atlas 1995. v1.5. Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Dataset/Occurrence. https://ipt.vtatlasoflife.org/resource?r=vtfreshwatermusselatlas1995&v=1.5
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State of Vermont, USA
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [42.618, -73.696], North East [45.213, -71.323]|
Freshwater mussels of Vermont
|Start Date / End Date||1800-01-01 / 1995-01-01|
|Title||Vermont Atlas of Life|
|Study Area Description||State of Vermont, USA|
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|Study Extent||State of Vermont, USA.|
|Quality Control||See http://val.vtecostudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Freshwater-Mussels-of-VT-1995.pdf|
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- Fichtel, C. and D.G. Smith. 1995. The Freshwater Mussels of Vermont. Nongame and Natural Heritage Program – Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept. Technical Report 18. Montpelier, VT. 54 pp. http://val.vtecostudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Freshwater-Mussels-of-VT-1995.pdf