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Musculium lacustre (Müller, 1774)
Lake Fingernailclam
Family: Sphaeriidae


© Ian Gardiner     (Photo ID #55445)


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Distribution of Musculium lacustre in British Columbia in British Columbia


Musculium lacustre is widespread in North America south of the tree line, excepting the southwest US. It is also found in South America, Eurasia, Australia, and Hawaii. It is absent from the northwest of British Columbia (Clarke, 1981).

The largest populations of this species are found in small lakes and ponds, both temporary and permanent, with muddy substrates and luxuriant vegetation. It is also common in ditches, swamps, marshes, large lakes, rivers and creeks (Mackie, 2007).

Note Author: Ian Gardiner

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
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NativeS5YellowNot Listed

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Synonyms and Alternate Names

Sphaerium lacustre (Mueller, 1774)

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Species References

Clarke, A.H. 1981. The freshwater molluscs of Canada. National Museum of Natural Sciences, National Museums of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario: 446pp.

Mackie, G.L. 2007. Biology of freshwater corbiculid and sphaeriid clams of North America. Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin New Series. Vol XV No. 3: ix + 436pp.