39THE SYDENHAM HAS A LOT OF "MUSSEL!"

Habitat

Mussels like to live in sand, gravel, or muddy river bottoms and the Sydenham provides all of these. Mussels also need a clean place to live, which means that if you find a densely populated bed of mussels, the water is probably fairly clean at that site. This doesn’t mean you can drink it, though!

Feeding

Northern riffleshell mussels.  (<i> Epioblasma torulosa ranginia)
Northern riffleshell mussels. ( Epioblasma torulosa ranginia)
Mussels are filter feeders that love to suck up algae, bacteria, zooplankton, and suspended bits of rotting plants. The mussel has two siphons, one to take in the food as the water flows over the mussel and another to release its waste down stream.

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