Eastern LampmusselThe Eastern Lampmussel is one of the most common and widespread freshwater mussel in the region.

Key Characteristics

 Conservation Status


Found in sand and gravel substrates of rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds in cool or warmwater habitats. Rarely found in small, cold water streams where Eastern Pearlshell is more likely.

Host Species

Uses a large number of host fish including yellow and white perch, large- and smallmouth bass, sunfish, and pickerel.

More Information


In many places it is the second most abundant species to the Eastern Elliptio. It is found in Otter Creek, Lake Champlain and Memphremagog, Connecticut, Missisquoi, Lamoille, and Poultney Rivers and other locations.

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.