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dc.contributor.authorWisniewski, Jason M.
dc.contributor.authorKrakow, Greg
dc.contributor.authorAlbanese, Brett
dc.contributor.editorHatcher, Kathryn J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-04T23:53:19Z
dc.date.available2013-06-04T23:53:19Z
dc.date.issued2005-04
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/47194
dc.description.abstractThe Altamaha River Basin is well known among malacologists for its high percentage (ca. 40%) of endemic mussels. While little historical data exists to quantify changes in mussel abundance, many biologists believe that some species are declining. We assembled a large database of mussel occurrence records from surveys conducted since 1967 and used this data to assess the current status of endemic mussels in the lower Ocmulgee and Altamaha rivers. The percentage of sites occupied and the ranges of the Altamaha arcmussel, Altamaha spinymussel, and inflated floater have declined over the past 10 years. The remaining endemic mussel species occupy a large percentage of sites and appear to be stable. We recommend the development of a long-term monitoring program for Altamaha basin endemic mussels. Success of this program will require both probability-based sampling to estimate mussel density and detection probabilities along with qualitative sampling to document occurrences at new sites.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSponsored by: Georgia Environmental Protection Division U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Water Science Center U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Water Resources Institute The University of Georgia, Water Resources Facultyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGWRI2005. Instream flow and restorationen_US
dc.subjectWater resources managementen_US
dc.subjectAltamaha River Basinen_US
dc.subjectEndemic musselsen_US
dc.titleCurrent status of endemic mussels in the lower Ocmulgee and Altamaha riversen_US
dc.typeProceedingsen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameGeorgia. Wildlife Resources Divisionen_US
dc.publisher.originalInstitute of Ecology, The University of Georgiaen_US
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