Skip to Main Content
A hierarchical classification of freshwater mussel diversity in North AmericaAuthor(s): Wendell R. Haag
Source: Journal of Biogeography 37:12-26
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
PDF: Download Publication (823.74 KB)
DescriptionAim North America harbours the most diverse freshwater mussel fauna on Earth. This fauna has high endemism at the continental scale and within individual river systems. Previous faunal classifications for North America were based on intuitive, subjective assessments of species distributions, primarily the occurrence of endemic species, and do not portray continent-wide patterns of faunal similarity. The aim of this study is to provide an analytical portrayal of patterns of mussel diversity in a hierarchical framework that informs the biogeographical history of the fauna.
- You may send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationHaag, Wendell R. 2010. A hierarchical classification of freshwater mussel diversity in North America. Journal of Biogeography 37:12-26.
KeywordsBiogeography, diversity, endemism, faunal regions, freshwater mussels, Margaritiferidae, North America, phylogeography, Unionidae
- Biodiversity on the brink: an assessment of conservation strategies for North American freshwater mussels
- Role of ecological factors and reproductive strategies in structuring freshwater mussel communities
- Oligocene mammals from Ethiopia and faunal exchange between Afro-Arabia and Eurasia
XML: View XML