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Freshwater mussel (Unionoida) with fish- mimicking lure extended. The lure contains the parasitic larvae (glochidia) of the mussel. Predatory fish and amphibians that bite the lure act as hosts for the juvenile bivalves; Tionesta Creek, PA USA

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Freshwater mussel (Unionoida) with fish- mimicking lure extended.  The lure contains the parasitic larvae (glochidia) of the mussel.  Predatory fish and amphibians that bite the lure act as hosts for the juvenile bivalves; Tionesta Creek, PA USA