Bluefer

    Bluefer (Purpleshell)

    Potamilus purpuratus
    Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
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    Chinese Mystery Snail

    Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata (syn. Bellamya chinensis)
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    Invasive

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    Crayfishes

    About 36 species in Missouri
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    Digger Crayfish

    Creaserinus fodiens (formerly Fallicambarus fodiens)
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    Dragonfly Larvae

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
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    Fishfly Larvae

    Chauliodes, Neohermes, and Nigronia spp. (in eastern US)
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
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    Giant Water Bugs

    Species in the genera Abedus, Belostoma, and Lethocerus
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    Venomous

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    Horsehair Worms

    About 350 species scientifically described.
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    Leeches

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
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    Pond Mussel

    Ligumia subrostrata
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    Red Swamp Crawfish

    Procambarus clarkii
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    Shrimp Crayfish

    Faxonius lancifer (formerly Orconectes lancifer)
    Photo of a pink planarian on a rock.

    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

    Species in genera Dugesia, Planaria, etc.
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    Vernal Crayfish

    Procambarus viaeviridus
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    Water Scorpions

    Ranatra spp. and Nepa apiculata
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    White River Crawfish

    Procambarus acutus