Louisiana Pearlshell

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One of the first steps towards the long-term conservation of freshwater mussels is understanding the distribution of genetic diversity within a  species.

The entire range of Margaritifera hembeli is contained within two parishes in Louisiana.
My research is investigating the relationship of M. hembeli to other margaritiferids as well as the the distribution of genetic variation across its range in both space and time

Margaritifera hembeli