Inflated heelsplitter

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Inflated heelsplitter
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Unionoida
Family: Unionidae
Genus: Potamilus
Species: P. inflatus
Binomial name
Potamilus inflatus
I. Lea, 1831

The inflated heelsplitter (Potamilus inflatus) is a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels.

This species was called by the common name Alabama heelsplitter in the standard reference, Turgeon, 1998. Because another species Lasmigona alabamensis was also given that same name in that publication, this duplication of name caused some confusion. Therefore, the common name of this species was subsequently changed to "inflated heelsplitter".

This species is endemic to the United States. It is an endangered species.


  1. ^ Bogan, A.E. 1996. Potamilus inflatus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Archived 2014-06-27 at the Wayback Machine. Downloaded on 7 August 2007.