Tidewater Mucket

Species Name: Leptodea ochracea

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Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Coastal freshwater environments, including small to large rivers, ponds and lakes that have, or historically had, direct unimpeded connections with coastal waters.

Threats to Survival

Habitat destruction and degradation, pollution, eutrophication and lack of host fish.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Mitigate pollution, limit habitat degradation, maintain naturally variable river flow and limit water withdrawals, maintain adequate vegetated riparian buffer along rivers and lakes and protect or acquire land at high priority sites.