Photo of an alderfly larva among rocks and gravel in an aquarium.

    Alderfly Larvae

    Sialis spp.
    Photo of an aquatic isopod in an aquarium, crawling on a rock.

    Aquatic Pillbugs and Sowbugs (Aquatic Isopods)

    Freshwater members of the crustacean order Isopoda
    Photo of a spotted fishing spider perched on the water's surface amid floating duckweed plants

    Aquatic Spiders

    Dolomedes spp., Tetragnatha spp., and others
    brokenray

    Arkansas Brokenray

    Lampsilis reeveiana
    Photo of backswimmer, side view

    Backswimmers

    About 32 North American species in the family Notonectidae
    Photo of a belted crayfish, also called Big River crayfish.

    Belted Crayfish (Big River Crayfish)

    Faxonius harrisonii (formerly Orconectes harrisonii)
    Photo of a Big Creek crayfish.

    Big Creek Crayfish

    Faxonius peruncus (formerly Orconectes peruncus)
    Bluefer

    Bluefer (Purpleshell)

    Potamilus purpuratus
    Photo of a bristly cave crayfish, viewed from the side.

    Bristly Cave Crayfish

    Cambarus setosus
    Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
    butterfly

    Butterfly

    Ellipsaria lineolata
    Photo of caddisfly larva with case made of detritus

    Caddisfly Larvae

    Various species in the order Trichoptera
    Photo of a Cajun dwarf crayfish.

    Cajun Dwarf Crayfish

    Cambarellus puer
    Photo of a papershell crayfish, also called calico crayfish.

    Calico Crayfish (Papershell Crayfish)

    Faxonius immunis (formerly Orconectes immunis)
    Photo of a Caney Mountain cave crayfish out of water on a wet, red-coated cave rock.

    Caney Mountain Cave Crayfish

    Faxonius stygocaneyi (formerly Orconectes stygocaneyi)
    Photo of two Chinese mystery snails, on a white background, with a ruler nearby for scale.

    Chinese Mystery Snail

    Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata (syn. Bellamya chinensis)
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    Invasive

    Photo of a coldwater crayfish.

    Coldwater Crayfish

    Faxonius eupunctus (formerly Orconectes eupunctus)
    Photo of crane fly larva

    Crane Fly Larvae

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
    Photo of a spothanded crayfish viewed from above on white background.

    Crayfishes

    About 36 species in Missouri
    Photo of a damselfly nymph on rocks in an aquarium.

    Damselfly Larvae

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    deertoe

    Deertoe

    Truncilla truncata
    Photo of a devil crayfish.

    Devil Crayfish

    Cambarus diogenes
    Photo of a digger crayfish.

    Digger Crayfish

    Creaserinus fodiens (formerly Fallicambarus fodiens)
    Photo of a dragonfly larva resting on a stone.

    Dragonfly Larvae

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Photograph of Ebonyshell freshwater mussel shell exterior view

    Ebonyshell

    Fusconaia ebena
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    Endangered

    elephant's ear

    Elephantear

    Elliptio crassidens
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    Endangered

    elktoe

    Elktoe

    Alasmidonta marginata
    ellipse

    Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

    Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
    fatmucket

    Fatmucket

    Lampsilis siliquoidea
    Photo of a fishfly larva crawling among rocks in an aquarium.

    Fishfly Larvae

    Chauliodes, Neohermes, and Nigronia spp. (in eastern US)
    fragile papershell

    Fragile Papershell

    Leptodea fragilis
    Photo of a freckled crayfish.

    Freckled Crayfish

    Cambarus maculatus
    Photo of a freshwater jellyfish

    Freshwater Jellyfish

    Craspedacusta sowerbyii
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
    giant floater

    Giant Floater

    Pygandon grandis
    Photo of a giant water bug

    Giant Water Bugs

    Species in the genera Abedus, Belostoma, and Lethocerus
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    Venomous

    Photo of several prosobranch pond snails crawling on a rock.

    Gilled Aquatic Snails (Prosobranch Pond Snails)

    Over 20 Missouri species in former subclass Prosobranchia
    Photo of a golden crayfish viewed through the surface of creek water.

    Golden Crayfish

    Faxonius luteus (formerly Orconectes luteus)
    Photo of a gray-speckled crayfish.

    Gray-Speckled Crayfish

    Faxonius palmeri (formerly Orconectes palmeri)
    Photo of hellgrammite

    Hellgrammite

    Corydalus cornutus
    Photo of a deer fly larva, probably in a petri dish, on a gray background.

    Horse and Deer Fly Larvae

    Tabanus, Chrysops, and related genera
    Photo of a horsehair worm in an aquarium

    Horsehair Worms

    About 350 species scientifically described.
    Photo of Hubbs' crayfish.

    Hubbs’ Crayfish

    Cambarus hubbsi

    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
    Photo of a leech

    Leeches

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
    lilliput

    Lilliput

    Toxolasma parvus
    Photo of a longpincered crayfish.

    Longpincered Crayfish

    Faxonius longidigitus (formerly Orconectes longidigitus)
    Photo of pulmonate snail crawling on rock

    Lunged Aquatic Snails (Pulmonate Pond Snails)

    Over 30 Missouri species in former subclass Pulmonata
    Photo of a Mammoth Spring crayfish.

    Mammoth Spring Crayfish

    Faxonius marchandi (formerly Orconectes marchandi)

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