Length, Width, Height

Length, Width, Height

   
Lampsilis cariosayellow lampmussel

Lampsilis cariosa
yellow lampmussel


Lampsilis cariosayellow lampmussel

Lampsilis cariosa
yellow lampmussel


Specimen length and width are measured with the specimen held on edge. Width may also be thought of as the specimen's thickness. Height must include the projection of the beak.

Specimen dimensions are based on adult individuals.

Profile, Silhouette Views

   
Ligumia nasutaeastern pondmussel

Ligumia nasuta
eastern pondmussel


silhouette view

Leptodea ochraceatidewater mucket

Leptodea ochracea
tidewater mucket


profile or edge view

Specimen silhouette is an important diagnostic feature, as each of the metro area taxa has a distinct shape. The basic shapes of the mussel shell and their names should be memorized.