The Cylindrical Papershell is found in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and the Ohio-Mississippi watersheds. It reaches its easternmost range limit in Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River.

Key Characteristics

Conservation Status


Found in the shallow water small streams and the headwaters of larger streams near shore in silt. Prefers sandy or muddy substrate.

Host Species

Bluegill, black crappie, spotfin shiner, largemouth bass, mottled sculpin, bluntnose minnow, common shiner, Iowa darter, white sucker.

More information


Known from three drainages in far western Vermont. There is an historic collection from the Clyde River in northeastern Vermont.

Distribution map has locations where this species has been documented and digitized into the atlas database. Systematic surveys have not been conducted for many species and those surveys that have been conducted have been largely focused on endangered species. Therefore, in some cases, the actual distribution of freshwater mussels may be more extensive than what is presented here. Shaded areas are watershed sub-basins and river main stems are shown.