UT-CO Freshwater Mollusks Survey

Occurrence
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Publication date:
3 January 2023
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Description

A study commissioned by the Utah Division of Water Quality and the Colorado Water Quality Control Division. Study was carried out by Utah State University. The overarching goal of the study was to conduct a comprehensive search and synthesis of existing records on the historical and current presence of ammonia-sensitive freshwater mussels (Superfamily Unionoidea) and non-pulmonate snails (Valvatidae, Hydrobiidae) in Utah and Colorado. In addition to these targeted species, other species belonging to Class Bivalvia and freshwater Gastropoda were also included. Though they were not actively sought during record searches, occurrence of non-native species such as the New Zealand mud snail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum), Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea), quagga mussel (Dreissena burgensis) and the Chinese mystery snail (Cipangopaluding chinensis) were also noted. Records in this dataset are the result of such efforts as found in previously-compiled databases found online (such as BISON), museums, peer and non-peer reviewed literature and reports, and direct personal contacts.

Data Records

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Utah and Colorado Water Survey for Mussels and Snails Final Report. 2017. Utah Division of Water Quality; Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment; Utah State University Quinney College of Natural Resources. Pp. 12 + Appendices A-D. https://documents.deq.utah.gov/water-quality/facilities/utah-colorado-water-survey/DWQ-2017-008943.pdf

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is United States Geological Survey. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 63f086f6-1ce8-4338-a25d-7d298cfa2789.  United States Geological Survey publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Metadata; Freshwater mollusks; bivalves; gastropods; Metadata

Contacts

James Walton
  • Metadata Provider
Laboratory Manager, Molecular Ecology Laboratory
Utah State University, Department of Wildland Resources
5230 Old Main Hill
84322-5230 Logan
Utah
US
+1(435) 797-7870
James Walton
  • Metadata Provider
Laboratory Manager
Utah State University, Department of Wildland Resources, Molecular Ecology Laboratory
5230 Old Main Hill
84322-5230 Logan
Utah
US
+1(435) 797-7870
Karen Mock
  • Point Of Contact
Professor, Wildland Resources Department
Utah State University, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Molecular Ecology Laboratory
5230 Old Main Hill
84322-5230 Logan
Utah
US
+1 (435) 797-7870
Charles Hawkins
  • Point Of Contact
Professor of Aquatic Ecology; Director, Western Center for Monitoring and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems
Utah State University, Department of Watershed Sciences
5210 Old Main Hill
84322-5210 Logan
Utah
US
+1(435) 797-2280
See Organisation
  • Point Of Contact
Point of Contact
Utah Division of Water Quality
195 North 1950 West
84116 Salt Lake City
Utah
US
+1(801) 536-4300
Annie Simpson
  • Point Of Contact
biologist and information scientist
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Mailstop 302
20192 Reston
Virginia
US
+1 703-648-4281

Geographic Coverage

The States of Utah and Colorado in the United States of America (USA).

Bounding Coordinates South West [36.95, -114.052], North East [42.492, -102.086]

Taxonomic Coverage

All non-pulmonate, freshwater taxa found in Utah and Colorado identified to species when possible. Some nonnative mollusks were also included.

Family Corbiculidae (basket clams), Dreissenidae (false mussels, platform mussels), Margaritiferidae (freshwater pearl mussels), Sphaeriidae (pea clams, fingernail clams), Unionidae (unionids, river mussels), Bithyniidae (mud snails), Cochlicopidae (pillar snails), Hydrobiidae (mud snails), Planorbidae (ramshorn snails, ram's horn snails), Pleuroceridae (pleurocerids), Pomatiopsidae (pomatiopsidae), Valvatidae (valve snails), Viviparidae (mystery snails)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1871-09-25 / 2016-06-27

Project Data

No Description available

Title Utah and Colorado Water Survey for Mussels and Snails
Funding This project was funded by the Utah Division of Water Quality in conjunction with the Colorado Water Quality Control Division. Solicitation TO16004.]
Study Area Description The study area includes the entirety of the states of Utah and Colorado.
Design Description The overarching goal of the study was to conduct a comprehensive search and synthesis of existing records on the historical and current presence of ammonia-sensitive freshwater mussels (Superfamily Unionoidea) and non-pulmonate snails (Valvatidae, Hydrobiidae) in Utah and Colorado. The earliest record identified was from1871. In addition to these targeted species, other species belonging to Class Bivalvia and freshwater Gastropoda were also included. Though they were not actively sought during record searches, occurrence of non-native species such as the New Zealand mud snail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum), Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea), quagga mussel (Dreissena burgensis) and the Chinese mystery snail (Cipangopaluding chinensis) were also noted.

The personnel involved in the project:

Karen Mock
  • Principal Investigator
Charles Hawkins
  • Principal Investigator
James Walton
  • Point Of Contact

Sampling Methods

Assembly of information from literature and databases required use of an array of resources. We first searched large previously-compiled databases available online such as USGS BISON and GBIF (See Table 1 for a complete list). These databases were used to identify primary sources (defined as where the data were originally published), including museums, peer and non-peer reviewed literature and reports, and direct contacts. Once primary sources were identified, museums and online databases were searched for online records of target species. The purpose of searching these online resources first was to identify the bulk of available records in Utah and Colorado that would likely also be found during literature searches, thus minimizing time spent entering data. By initially collecting records from museums, online databases, and direct contacts, we could obtain the most current records available from institutions and organizations responsible for collection and reporting of specimens.

Study Extent Freshwater habitats in the States of Utah and Colorado in the United States of America (USA).
Quality Control Data were recorded verbatim from the primary source. We occasionally found that initial species identifications had been challenged or later changed, and we made corresponding changes to our reported data. Other than correcting for published synonymies, we could not independently determine the accuracy of species identifications. While the data presented in this report is as accurate as the scope and intention of this project allows, there is a degree of taxonomic uncertainty, as is present with any taxonomy. As such, records should be thoroughly vetted and specimen of interest may require re-examination by species experts.

Method step description:

  1. See Sampling Description.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Utah and Colorado Mollusk and Snail Survey Work Plan Calendar. Calendar Modified May 25, 2016. https://deq.utah.gov/Topics/Water/utah-colorado-water-survey/docs/work-plan-calendar.pdf https://deq.utah.gov/Topics/Water/utah-colorado-water-survey/docs/work-plan-calendar.pdf

Additional Metadata

For 292 records in this dataset, county FIPS codes were derived during data cleaning and appear in the higherGeographyID field.

Alternative Identifiers 63f086f6-1ce8-4338-a25d-7d298cfa2789
https://doi.org/10.15468/qry4ue
https://bison.usgs.gov/ipt/resource?r=ut-co-mollusk-survey