Native freshwater mussels are an ecologically important group of aquatic mollusks. This group is of particular concern to conservation biologists because many species are classified as species of conservation concern (SCC). The freshwater mussel community of the Big Piney River and Roubidoux Creek, on and in the vicinity of Fort Leonard Wood, was previously surveyed by Sternburg et al. (1998). The present project was a resurvey of the area to determine the current status of the mussel community, so that appropriate measures can be taken to preserve and protect that community.
Barnhart, M. Christopher, Jennifer Wigger, and Matt Duzan. 2004 Freshwater Mussel Survey of the Big Piney River and Roubidoux Creek, Pulaski County, Missouri. Springfield: Southwest Missouri State University, 2004. https://bearworks.missouristate.edu/articles-cnas/96