Bluefer

    Bluefer (Purpleshell)

    Potamilus purpuratus
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    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
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    Ebonyshell

    Fusconaia ebena
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    Endangered

    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
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    Giant Floater

    Pygandon grandis
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    Giant Water Bugs

    Species in the genera Abedus, Belostoma, and Lethocerus
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    Venomous

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    Gilled Aquatic Snails (Prosobranch Pond Snails)

    Over 20 Missouri species in former subclass Prosobranchia
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    Hellgrammite

    Corydalus cornutus
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    Horsehair Worms

    About 350 species scientifically described.
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    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
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    Lilliput

    Toxolasma parvus
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    Pistolgrip (Buckhorn)

    Tritogonia verrucosa
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    Predaceous Diving Beetles (Water Tigers)

    Species in the beetle family Dytiscidae
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    Stonefly Larvae

    There are hundreds of species in North America
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    Threeridge

    Amblema plicata
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    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

    Species in genera Dugesia, Planaria, etc.
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    Water Scavenger Beetles

    Beetles in the family Hydrophilidae
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    Water Scorpions

    Ranatra spp. and Nepa apiculata
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    White Heelsplitter

    Lasmigona complanata
    Zebra Mussel

    Zebra Mussel

    Dreissena polymorpha
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    Invasive