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Posted Mon Aug 11 2008: from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
It's time to declare mussel extinct, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says
The turgid-blossom pearly mussel -- a shiny yellow-green mollusk less than 1. 6 inches in length -- has been on the endangered species list since 1976.... "One of the things that we say as biologists is that these are kind of like canaries in a coal mine," Christian said. "They are an indicator that environmental conditions aren't good, and that may be an indicator of water quality."
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Yet another bivalve in a coal mine.
That mine's getting full of canaries.

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