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Image from Field Guide to the Freshwater Mussels of the Midwest.

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  Superfamily Sphaerioidea

Family Sphaeriidae (+ Pisidiidae)

    Genus Pisidium -- Wisconsin!
    Genus Sphaerium -- Wisconsin!
    Genus Eupera -- North America.
    Genus Byssanodonta

Taxon Information

The Family Sphaeriidae has been reported (or is assumed) to occur in fresh waters. This taxon has been reported from Wisconsin.

(These statements were generated automatically from the WInvertebrates database.)

Literature Records

  • Sphaeriidae, "strictly freshwater" (Graf, 2013).
  • Sphaeriidae, [Palearctic, Nearctic, Afrotropical, Neotropical, Oriental, Australasian, Pacific; 196 species in 5 genera worldwide, 45 Nearctic species in 4 genera] (Bogan, 2008).
  • Sphaeriidae, [North America] (Smith, 2001).
  • Sphaeriidae, [North Central United States] (Underhill et al., 1982).
  • Sphaeriidae, (Burch, 1972).
  • Sphaeriidae, (Clench, 1959).
  • Sphaeriidae, (Baker, 1924).


  • Graf, D.L. 2013. Patterns of freshwater bivalve global diversity and the state of phylogenetic studies on the Unionoida, Sphaeriidae, and Cyrenidae. American Malacological Bulletin 31: 135-153.
  • Bogan, A.E. 2008. Global diversity of freshwater mussels (Mollusca, Bivalvia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595: 139-147. [Available online]
  • Smith, D.G. 2001. Mollusca (Gastropods, pelecypods). Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States, 4th edition: 327-400.
  • Underhill, J.C., W.D. Schmid & D.E. Gilbertson. 1982. Taxonomic Keys to the Common Animals of the North Central States, exclusive of the parasitic worms, terrestrial insects, and birds, 4th edition. 205 pp.
  • Burch, J.B. 1972. Freshwater sphaeriacean clams (Mollusca: Pelecypoda) of North America. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Biota of Freshwater Ecosystems Identification Manual 3. 31 pp. [Available online]
  • Clench, W.J. 1959. Mollusca. [in] W.T. Edmondson (ed.). Ward & Whipple Fresh-Water Biology, 2nd edition: 1117-1160.
  • Baker, F.C. 1924. The fauna of the Lake Winnebago region: A quantitative survey with special reference to the Mollusca. Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters 21: 109-146. [Available online]

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