Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. William Stark
The Mucket (Actinonaias ligamentina) is one of the rarest freshwater mussel species in the state of Kansas. It historically occurred in the Kansas and Osage River systems in the state. The Mucket has been extirpated from most streams and rivers in Kansas where it historically occurred, and few specimens have been documented in recent years. The objective of my project was to determine the conservation status of the Mucket by conducting qualitative surveys in the Osage River system of eastern Kansas. My goals were to collect information that will aid in the recovery of the Mucket and to provide information regarding the mussel communities in these streams. During the summer of 2016, I surveyed 14 sites on the Marais des Cygnes River, 5 sites on Pottawatomie Creek, and 4 sites on the Marmaton River. I collected one live Mucket on Pottawatomie Creek. During the course of the survey, I collected 2,993 live mussels representing 19 species.
Copyright 2017 Kaden Buer
Buer, Kaden R., "Surveys For Rare and Endangered Mussel Species In Kansas:
Traditional Methods and Environmental DNA Analysis" (2017). Master's Theses. 1.