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    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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    Dragonfly Larvae

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
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    Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

    Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
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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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    Hellgrammite

    Corydalus cornutus
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    Leeches

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
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    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

    Species in genera Dugesia, Planaria, etc.
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    Water Nymph Crayfish

    Faxonius nais (formerly Orconectes nais)
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    Water Scorpions

    Ranatra spp. and Nepa apiculata