Class Bivalvia (Freshwater mussels or clams)
Orders of the Class Bivalvia Discovered in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Can't find the orders you are looking for? Note:
Orders on this list are only those contained
in the ATBI database,
and do not neccessarily include
all Park orders from historic park reports, literature,
or other sources that have not yet been entered in the Biodiversity Database.
Also note: where the order name ends with '_order', it means that the order
name has not yet been agreed upon by taxonomists for this group,
or that it was not identified to this level.
In Case You Didn't Know ...
Bivalves are characterized by their unique exoskeleton comprised of two shells from which they get their name.