Purple bankclimber

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Purple bankclimber
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Unionida
Family: Unionidae
Genus: Elliptoideus
Frierson, 1927
E. sloatianus
Binomial name
Elliptoideus sloatianus
(I. Lea, 1840)

Nephronaias sloatianus I. Lea, 1840

The purple bankclimber (Elliptoideus sloatianus) is a rare and endangered species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk in the family Unionidae, the river mussels.

This species is endemic to the United States. It can be found in the Chattahoochee, Flint, and Ochlockonee rivers. Its habitats are rivers and streams. It is normally found in medium currents over sand, sand mixed with mud, or gravel substrates, swept free of silt by the current.

The threats to this mussel are habitat change, sedimentation, and water quality degradation.


  1. ^ Cummings, K. & Cordeiro, J. (2012). "Elliptoideus sloatianus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T7652A3140353. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T7652A3140353.en. Retrieved 13 December 2017.