The freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera in Bavaria, Germany—Population status, conservation efforts and challenges

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The freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera is a highly specialized, sensitive and critically endangered freshwater bivalve with a complex life cycle. An overview on the population status in Bavaria, Germany, one of the species’ main areas of distribution in Central Europe, is presented. Using the example of the freshwater pearl mussel and a Bavarian conservation project for this species, a scheme for the development of site-specific conservation concepts is discussed.

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Denic, M., Geist, J. The freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera in Bavaria, Germany—Population status, conservation efforts and challenges. Biol Bull Russ Acad Sci 44, 61–66 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1134/S1062359017010034

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