Scots mussels put on 'endangered' list

Scots mussels put on 'endangered' list


SCOTTISH freshwater pearl mussels have joined giant pandas and Javan rhinos in a book listing 365 of the world's "most endangered species".

The valuable pearls, which are often a target for thieves, are included in the Species on the Edge of Survival guide compiled by the International Union for Conservation (IUCN).

The book, published by Collins, includes the pearl mussels because of the threat posed by poachers and habitat loss.

Federally-Endangered Freshwater Mussels




Federally-Endangered Freshwater Mussels


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Scotland has a total of 21 designated sites for pearl mussels, with Scottish rivers holding about half of the world's population of the species.

In 2010, a survey suggested about 75 per cent of the country's internationally-important pearl mussel sites had been damaged by criminals.

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