New York Natural Heritage Program
Eastern Pondmussel
Ligumia nasuta (Say, 1817)

Habitat [-]
The eastern pondmussel appears to be somewhat of a habitat generalist, but it is most often found in quiet waters in estuaries, lakes, canals, or slow streams, and has also been found in the slackwater areas of larger rivers such as the Niagara, as well as in protected areas of small lakes (Clarke 1981, Strayer and Jirka 1997).

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Canal
    The aquatic community of an artificial waterway or modified stream channel constructed for inland navigation or irrigation.
  • Riverside sand/gravel bar
    A meadow community that occurs on sand and gravel bars deposited within, or adjacent to, a river channel. The community may be very sparsely vegetated, depending on the rates of deposition and erosion of the sand or gravel.

Associated Species [-]
  • Triangle Floater (Alasmidonta undulata)
  • Brook Floater (Alasmidonta varicosa)
  • Threeridge (Amblema plicata)
  • Alewife Floater (Anodonta implicata)
  • Eastern Elliptio (Elliptio complanata)
  • Eastern Lampmussel (Lampsilis radiata)
  • Fatmucket (Lampsilis siliquoidea)
  • Eastern Floater (Pyganodon cataracta)
  • Giant Floater (Pyganodon grandis)
  • Creeper (Strophitus undulatus)