Yellow Sandshell

(Lampsilis teres) Rafinesque, 1820
A Yellow Sandshell mussel

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Other Common Names:
Banana shell, bank climber, slough sandshell, creeper, sand clam, luster shell.
Sand or fine gravel in moving waters of medium to large rivers.
Up to 6 inches (15.2 cm).
Outer Shell Color:
Yellow with some green rays in younger shells, but absent in older shells.
Inner Shell Color:
Silvery white, sometimes tinged with a cream or salmon color near where the two halves meet. The end farthest from where the two halves meet may be of rainbow colors.
Shell Thickness:
Moderately thick.
Shell Outline:
Longer than it is wide. The end closest to where the two halves meet is round, while the opposite end is pointed in male shells and truncated female shells.
Shell Surface:
The top of the shell is straight, while the bottom of the shell is straight, but may sometimes be pinched in the middle.
Scientific Description:
Elongate, inflated yellow shell. Greenish rays may be visible. Females postbasally more rounded and inflated that male. Female mantle flaps simpler than others of this genus and often with orange stripe on inner surface. Heterogenous marsupium.
Similar Looking Mussels:
Fat Mucket; Black Sandshell; Pondhorn; Scaleshell.
Host Fish:
Nine, mostly common gars and sunfishes.
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