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
    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 spothanded crayfish viewed from above on white background.

    Crayfishes

    About 36 species in Missouri
    deertoe

    Deertoe

    Truncilla truncata
    Photo of a devil crayfish.

    Devil Crayfish

    Lacunicambarus aff. diogenes
    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

    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
    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 gray-speckled crayfish.

    Gray-Speckled Crayfish

    Faxonius palmeri (formerly Orconectes palmeri)
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    Hellgrammite

    Corydalus cornutus
    Photo of a horsehair worm in an aquarium

    Horsehair Worms

    About 350 species scientifically described.
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    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
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    Leeches

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
    maple leaf

    Mapleleaf

    Quadrula quadrula
    Photo of a gravid Mississippi grass shrimp in an aquarium.

    Mississippi Grass Shrimp

    Palaemonetes kadiakensis
    mucket

    Mucket

    Actinonaias ligamentina
    Photo of an Ohio shrimp with small grayish pincers in the foreground.

    Ohio Shrimp

    Macrobrachium ohione
    Photo of a painted devil crayfish standing on a sandy substrate

    Painted Devil Crayfish

    Lacunicambarus ludovicianus
    Photo of a paintedhand mudbug carefully arranged against a black background

    Paintedhand Mudbug

    Lacunicambarus polychromatus
    paper pondshell

    Paper Pondshell (Paper Floater)

    Utterbackia imbecillis
    pimpleback

    Pimpleback

    Quadrula pustulosa
    pink heelsplitter

    Pink Heelsplitter

    Potamilus alatus
    pink mucket

    Pink Mucket

    Lampsilis abrupta
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    Endangered

    pink papershell

    Pink Papershell

    Potamilus ohiensis
    pistolgrip

    Pistolgrip (Buckhorn)

    Tritogonia verrucosa
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    Plain Pocketbook

    Lampsilis cardium
    pond mussel

    Pond Mussel

    Ligumia subrostrata
    Photograph of Purple Wartyback freshwater mussel shell exterior view
    Photo of a red swamp crawfish or crayfish.

    Red Swamp Crawfish

    Procambarus clarkii
    round pigtoe

    Round Pigtoe

    Pleurobema sintoxia
    Photo of a shrimp crayfish.

    Shrimp Crayfish

    Faxonius lancifer (formerly Orconectes lancifer)
    spike

    Spike (Ladyfinger)

    Elliptio dilatata
    threehorn wartyback

    Threehorn Wartyback

    Obliquaria reflexa
    threeridge

    Threeridge

    Amblema plicata
    Photo of a pink planarian on a rock.

    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

    Species in genera Dugesia, Planaria, etc.
    wabash pigtoe

    Wabash Pigtoe

    Fusconaia flava
    wartyback

    Wartyback

    Quadrula nodulata
    Photo of a water scorpion, genus Ranatra, captured in a jar of pond water.

    Water Scorpions

    Ranatra spp. and Nepa apiculata
    white heelsplitter

    White Heelsplitter

    Lasmigona complanata
    yellow sandshell

    Yellow Sandshell

    Lampsilis teres