A Quantitative Survey of Freshwater Mussel Fauna in Honeoye Creek

Robert W. Cornish, College at Brockport

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Freshwater mussel communities are important components of freshwater ecosystems; however, in recent years there have been dramatic declines in both population size and species diversity throughout the United States. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) wants to locate and protect healthy freshwater mussel populations in southern Lake Ontario watersheds. Honeoye Creek has a relatively healthy freshwater mussel community, which makes it an ecosystem of particular interest. My master’s thesis research quantitatively surveyed the mussel communities of Honeoye Creek, Hemlock Outlet, and Canadice Outlet in order to determine if there is a correlation between habitat conditions and mussel abundance and diversity. Host fish surveys also were preformed to determine if host species for parasitic mussel larvae were present at sites where mussels were found.

 
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A Quantitative Survey of Freshwater Mussel Fauna in Honeoye Creek

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Freshwater mussel communities are important components of freshwater ecosystems; however, in recent years there have been dramatic declines in both population size and species diversity throughout the United States. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) wants to locate and protect healthy freshwater mussel populations in southern Lake Ontario watersheds. Honeoye Creek has a relatively healthy freshwater mussel community, which makes it an ecosystem of particular interest. My master’s thesis research quantitatively surveyed the mussel communities of Honeoye Creek, Hemlock Outlet, and Canadice Outlet in order to determine if there is a correlation between habitat conditions and mussel abundance and diversity. Host fish surveys also were preformed to determine if host species for parasitic mussel larvae were present at sites where mussels were found.